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#1 JEN



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Posted October 06, 2009 - 09:38 AM

Fredi Gonzalez will return as the Florida Marlins manager in 2010, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

An announcement from the team was expected later Tuesday.

Gonzalez's job was considered in jeopardy because owner Jeffrey Loria was upset that the Marlins failed to make the playoffs, although they finished 12 games above .500 with the smallest payroll in baseball. Loria met with organization officials Monday in New York to discuss the status of Gonzalez and his coaching staff.

Earlier this week, sources said Bobby Valentine had been in communication with the Marlins and other teams as he pursues a possible return to managing in the major leagues.

Gonzalez has managed the Marlins for three seasons after replacing Joe Girardi, and Florida has contended the past two years. But earlier this week, Florida team president David Samson would not specifically guarantee that Gonzalez would be be retained.

"As we looked at the performance at things that happened, games that went one way, games that went another way, there is no question we felt we should have been a playoff team," Samson said during Sunday's Marlins-Phillies game.

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Posted October 06, 2009 - 09:47 AM

i have to give the marlins props. they have one of the lowest payrolls, yet they had a successful season. the manager earned another year. they're going to have to trade or just release some players that are due for a big salary raise next season though.

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Posted October 06, 2009 - 03:21 PM

Good move by the Marlins Gonzalez is a great manager. I definitely see them making another playoff push next year.

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Posted October 06, 2009 - 03:24 PM

yea uggla is most likely to be traded

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