Bobby Valentine is expected to be offered the job as the Florida Marlins’ next manager.
Valentine, an analyst for ESPN, confirmed through an e-mail he was flying to South Florida to meet with close friend and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and several team executives.
That’s when Loria is expected to offer the 60-year-old former Rangers and Mets skipper a four-year contract to become the organization’s 11th manager, ESPN reported Thursday night.
“We’re not going to comment,” said P.J. Loyello, Marlins senior vice president for communications.
Team president David Samson confirmed he called Valentine moments after the team fired its winningest manager, Fredi Gonzalez, Wednesday morning. Samson said Thursday that Valentine’s interview today would be the first in a series with “several” candidates.
Edwin Rodriguez, the Marlins’ Triple-A manager who was named the team’s interim manager, will be interviewing with the Marlins, as will former third-base coach Bo Porter, who is now with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Those two interviews would satisfy commissioner Bud Selig’s minority-hiring rules.
Rodriguez became the first Puerto Rican to manage in the big leagues and won his debut Wednesday, 7-5, over the Orioles.
RULING DELAYS RANGERS SALE
A federal bankruptcy judge ordered the Texas Rangers and their angry creditors into mediation Thursday, pushing any resolution of the long-delayed sale dangerously close to a deadline that could be crucial to the team’s playoff hopes.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn ruled that both sides must meet July 16 to hammer out issues over the Rangers’ bankruptcy plan to pay creditors $75 million and sell the club to a group led by Nolan Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher and team president, and Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg.
Lynn delayed until July 22 a hearing on whether to approve the plan. That hearing, initially set for two weeks earlier, is much closer to the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline.
The Rangers are leading the American League West and have one of the best records in baseball. A pending sale could affect any trade plans to bolster a pennant run.
Mike Lowell was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip injury, and the Boston Red Sox filled his roster spot by reinstating right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had been out since June 8 after straining his forearm. It was his second stint on the DL this season. … Philadelphia Phillies reliever Chad Durbin has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. The Phillies purchased the contract of Nelson Figueroa to take his spot.