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With Series over, Miami to wrap up manager search

MIAMI -- The end of the World Series marks the beginning of free agency and sets in motion the offseason.

But before the Marlins fully turn their attention to potential roster moves, they first will look to fill their vacated manager spot.

Since Ozzie Guillen was dismissed last Tuesday, the Marlins have wasted little time getting the interviewing process going.

Mike Redmond was the first to have his name called; the former big league catcher sat down with owner Jeffrey Loria and team officials in New York on Oct. 24.

Two days later the Marlins interviewed Reds pitching coach Bryan Price, and former big league manager Larry Bowa has also met with team executives.

Nearly a week into the process, Redmond and Price are considered the favorites.

Miami officials had a short list of serious candidates and were waiting until after the World Series to wrap up their search. On Sunday night, the Giants completed a four-game sweep of the Tigers to claim their second title in three years.

Redmond last week told the Associated Press that he is following the advice of Tigers manager Jim Leyland, his former manager with the Marlins.

"Jim Leyland told me a long time ago, when I was getting ready to retire, 'If you want to manage in the Majors, you've got to go get some experience,' " Redmond said. "I took that to heart and went out and took a job with the Blue Jays in A ball and got down to the grassroots, where you've got to teach and develop.

"I've learned a lot. I had a lot of great kids, and to see them improve is very satisfying. On top of that, we went to the playoffs both times. That was fun, too."

Bowa is believed to be the only candidate who has managed in the big leagues. He's also viewed as more of a long shot.

A Gold Glove-winning shortstop, the 66-year-old Bowa managed the Padres in 1987 and 1988, and he guided the Phillies from 2001 to 2004. He last coached with the Dodgers, from 2008 to 2010.

He currently is an analyst on MLB Network.

The direction in which the Marlins are headed will likely determine who will be named manager. Miami is coming off its second straight last-place finish, going 69-93 in Guillen's lone season.

The lone holdovers from the 2012 coaching staff are Joe Espada (third base) and Reid Cornelius (bullpen), though their roles could change.

Regardless of who is managing, a number of needs must be addressed, including third base, second base, left field, first base and the bullpen.

The organization also is in the process of stocking up the Minor League system, and the next manager will be asked to take part in the development of players.

Redmond, 41, was a backup catcher with the Marlins from 1998 to 2004, and even during his playing days, he was frequently mentioned as a future big league manager. This year he managed Toronto's Class A Dunedin club.

Weighing in Price's favor is the fact that the Marlins will be seeking to build around pitching. Price is highly respected, and he is credited with improvements made to the Reds' staff. All five members of Cincinnati's rotation made 30 starts this year.

In addition to pitching, the 2013 Marlins are expected to build around defense. It was the pitching-defense model that carried the club to its 2003 World Series championship.

There already is speculation that the team will listen to trade offers for Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Ricky Nolasco. Most likely, the team will explore all options with pretty much all of its players, but as of now, the rotation is about as sound as any area on the club.

Johnson, Buehrle and Nolasco are experienced, and rookies Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Turner showed promise.

A high priority for the next manager will be to get the most out of the rotation.

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