The Miami Marlins shook up the front office in the beginning of the week when the organization fired president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. Miami promoted Dan Jennings to replace him. This ended the ties between Beinfest and owner Jeffrey Loria after trying it out for one more season.
There were rumors last season of a shake-up of this magnitude, and now it finally happened after a 100-loss season. Beinfest had two years remaining on his contract but frequently clashed with Loria over moves, which has also led to Loria shutting out most of his staff when making on-field decisions.
Jennings coming in as a replacement will have a some say in what the Marlins do off the field, but it may not be much. Loria is taking full control of every aspect of the Marlins and has given no leeway to anyone else in the front office. Miami cannot make many moves this offseason, but we will see what Jennings is capable of.
The firing of Beinfest is more interesting because it makes you wonder if another storm is brewing in the Marlins’ front office. Firing Beinfest could be first step in a long offseason for Miami. The team usually is not one for spending money and when it did, Loria did not like the way the team was going and traded away an entire team to Canada.
Loria has some slick moves up his sleeves, and none of them have been positive.