The Miami Marlins have received permission to interview Toronto Blue Jays minor league coach Mike Redmond for the vacant manager position after the team fired Ozzie Guillen. Redmond, a catcher for the Marlins from 1998-2004, has drawn rave reviews from his former bosses, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who called Redmond an "early favorite":
"He is going to be really good. He's a former catcher who was paying attention," one major-league executive said.
Former Marlins star Mike Lowell has also been rumored to be in the running for this job, but has told CBSSports.com that he is currently not interested. During his major-league career, Redmond batted a career .287 and was known for having a high fielding percentage over 13 seasons, mainly as a backup.
Guillen was fired after leading the Marlins to a 69-93 record in 2012, finishing last in the NL East, failing to establish what Marlins bosses are calling a "winning culture." The Marlins will pay him the remaining $7.5 million on his contract through 2015.