Former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is interviewing for the vacant Marlins managerial job on Monday, per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Mattingly and the Dodgers mutually agreed to part ways last Thursday, with one year remaining on his contract. Though he made a decision to walk away from the Dodgers, Mattingly said he wanted to continue managing.
"I definitely want to manage, period," Mattingly said on Thursday. "But it's only been a few hours since we all came to this decision. We'll cross that bridge when we get there."
It only took a few days for Mattingly to get to that bridge. The Marlins' interest has been reported since August, when Heyman reported owner Jeffrey Loria liking Mattingly because he's both a big name and a former Yankee.
Mattingly would replace Dan Jennings, who came down from his general manager position to take over for the fired Mike Redmond in May. Jennings' future in Miami is unclear even though he is under contract through 2018. Per Jon Morosi at Fox Sports:
By now, Dan Jennings was supposed to resume his role as GM of the Marlins — the role he vacated in May to become the team’s field manager. Well, that hasn’t happened. Sources say Jennings is not currently coming to the office at Marlins Park, interviewing managerial candidates or functioning as the general manager.
The Dodgers are paying Mattingly's salary for 2016, so anything he gets from the Marlins would offset that. In other words, don't expect a large salary in the first year of that eventual contract.
Given the rumored interest in Mattingly for a few months, it seems reasonable that the Marlins might decide on their next manager before the Dodgers do. So it will be interesting to see how many of Mattingly's coaches follow him from Los Angeles to Miami should he get the job.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Thursday that Dodgers' coaches were free to look for positions elsewhere, and that the new manager in Los Angeles would have heavy input into his next staff.