The Miami Marlins are reportedly in talks with former Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez about becoming the team’s third base coach for the 2017 season. MLB.com, Joe Frisaro has written Gonzalez has had multiple conversations with Miami about its vacated third-base coaching position, sources have told MLB.com. But the 52-year-old is in the process of mulling all his options.
Gonzalez, relieved of his managerial duties with Atlanta in May, managed the Marlins from 2007-10. His contract with the Braves ran through this season.
The Marlins have some housekeeping of their own to take care of filling three coaching vacancies after the team announced it was not bringing back not bringing back Barry Bonds (hitting), Lenny Harris (third base) and Reid Cornelius (bullpen).
Gonzalez could be a very good fit for the team that finished 79-82 this past season. He served as the Marlins’ manager from 2007-2010. Before he was names manager in south Florida, he was the Braves third base coach and eventually replaced Bobby Cox as manager of the team. Gonzalez was fired early in the 2016 in Atlanta and was replaced by Brian Snitker.
There is also talk the team is talking to Mike Pagliarulo, a former teammate of manager Don Mattingly with the Yankees, who is receiving consideration for one of two hitting coach spots. Arnie Beyeler, who managed Triple-A New Orleans, is another candidate, perhaps as a third-base coach.