USA Today MLB beat reporter Bob Nightengale's analysis of which MLB managers and execs are sitting firmly on hot seats includes this ominous note:
The Marlins are planning to fire president and team architect Larry Beinfest, perhaps as soon as next week, according to two high-ranking executives with knowledge of the move but not permitted to speak publicly because the final decision will be made by owner Jeffrey Loria.
Beinfest would be replaced by Dan Jennings, the Marlins assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel.
In the midst of a disappointing showing by the newly made-over -- and salary heavy -- Miami Marlins roster, Beinfest sounds like he won't be shocked to get his walking papers:
"When you sign up for this job and you don't win, you know you can be in the cross hairs and lose your job," Beinfest told a Miami radio station last week.
Loria won't publicly address Beinfest's future, or other front office personnel whose tenures are in jeopardy, but the two Marlins executives say they would be stunned if Beinfest is the only change.
Loria may not be the only Marlins front-office head to roll. Manager Ozzie Guillen may not have generated enough wins to put up with his often controversial, off-the-cuff style. Of course, many in Miami's Cuban community haven't forgotten, or forgiven, his controversial Fidel Castro observations.
Guillen said on Tuesday that he expects to return in 2013. Nightengale's sources agree with Guillen's prediction.
Manager Ozzie Guillen, in the first year of a four-year, $10 million deal, had private differences with Beinfest but is expected to keep his job. For now. After an underachieving season marked by his poorly conceived comments about Fidel Castro, Guillen will be on the hot seat to produce in 2013.