Guillen is still owed $7.5 million for the last three years of his contract so any managerial candidate brought in will most likely be cheap or new to managing.
After Guillen’s tumultuous one year with the team in which he caused a stir by airing pro-Fidel Castro sentiments and the team performed well below expectations, the Marlins will stay away from controversial types as well.
One intriguing option is Mike Redmond, a familiar name to many Marlins fans. Redmond made his debut with the Marlins in 1998 as a catcher and was a mainstay behind the plate until departing as a free agent in 2004. He was a member of the 2003 World Series team that defeated the New York Yankees.
This past season, Redmond managed the Toronto Blue Jays Single A affiliate Dunedin Blue Jays and could also be in consideration for the job in Toronto.
Redmond doesn’t have a lot of managerial experience but he is a familiar name, face, and will come cheaply. Those are three things that the Marlins will be looking for in their search to replace Guillen.
The Marlins could also look to a Latin American candidate to re-energize the Latino community in Miami. If they decide to go that route, Luis Sojo, who has been managing the Tampa Yankees for the past several years, could be a fit. Sandy Alomar, Jr. is another name that might come into the conversation.
Whomever the Marlins choose, it will most likely be someone in search of their first managerial job so Marlins fans can rest easy that Bobby Valentine, who was recently fired from the Boston Red Sox, will not be an option.