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Marlins relieve president Larry Beinfest of duties

The Marlins relieved President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest (right) of his duties. (Getty Images) Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest (right) was relieved of his duties with two years remaining on his contract. (Getty Images)

The Miami Marlins have relieved President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest of his duties, as first tweeted by Major League Baseball.

Owner Jeffrey Loria said in a prepared statement:

“I have relieved Larry Beinfest of his duties so he may pursue other opportunities,” Loria said in a prepared statement. “Larry has worked with me for 13 years, making huge contributions to our efforts and serving as a partner to me in the process. I wish him nothing but the best and know he will make a great addition wherever he lands.”

Beinfest, who was rumored to be on his way out, said in a text message to the Miami Herald:

“I want to thank the Marlins for the opportunity. I look back positively at tackling numerous challenges, opening a new ballpark and enjoying a World Series championship.

“I worked with some tremendous players and staff in Miami and appreciate their friendship and professional respect,” Beinfest said. “I look forward to continuing my 24-year MLB career in the near future.”

Beinfest has two years remaining on his contract.

The Marlins have also fired longtime executive and Beinfest assistant Jim Fleming, and named assistant GM Dan Jennings as Beinfest's replacement.

https://twitter.com/MLB/status/383687377169809408

https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/383688888205598720

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