New Marlins front office has decisions to make

October 17th, 2017

MIAMI -- Since Derek Jeter took over as chief executive officer earlier this month, the Marlins have made one major announcement regarding the restructuring of the baseball side of the organization.
Gary Denbo was introduced last week as vice president of player development and scouting. While not much has been revealed publicly, behind closed doors, the new ownership regime has been busy sorting through all areas of the organization.
More announcements are expected in the upcoming days and weeks leading into the Hot Stove season, which begins after the World Series. looks at some of what is in the process of being decided.
Manager Don Mattingly and the coaching staff
Mattingly is signed through 2019, so nothing has to be formally announced on his status. All indications are he is expected to be retained, as well as much, if not all, of the staff. Jeter and Mattingly saw their careers cross paths in the Yankees' organization. Earlier in the month, Jeter said of Mattingly: "I've developed a great relationship with him over the years. I think he's done a great job. I have the utmost respect for him. But we'll sit down, once the time is right, and evaluate everyone."
For some of the coaches, there could be other opportunities. Third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez, for instance, has already interviewed for the Tigers' managerial opening.
Retaining Stan Meek to oversee the MLB Draft
Meek has been Miami's vice president of scouting since 2011, and it looks like he will continue in that role. Prior to his current post, he was the director of scouting since 2002. With 27 seasons of professional baseball under his belt, Meek has directed Miami's Drafts for many years. Nothing has been announced, but he is expected back in his current role.
Finalizing scouting and player development staffs
Some turnover is taking place on the scouting and player development sides, along with some personnel at the Minor League levels. A few scouts recently were informed they would not be renewed, as were some Minor League coaches and coordinators. But for the most part, a high majority of personnel that already is in the organization will be returning.
Organizational meetings
In the next week or two, the Marlins are expected to have their organizational meetings, most likely at their Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. With all the key decision-makers gathering, more clarity will be given on which direction the team is headed. On the big league side, there could be a push to break things up and rebuild. The system needs to be restocked, and there is a lack of depth at the upper Minor League levels. Another viewpoint is the core of position players are strong, and a push could be made to make less drastic changes, and keep some of the current players in hopes of contending in 2018.