While the Marlins had been linked to Don Mattingly even before he became available, there was uncertainty with regard to Mattingly's feelings about managing the club. However, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, Mattingly and the Marlins have mutual interest.
Jackson adds the Marlins have yet to meet with Mattingly but are expected to do so in the coming days.
After Los Angeles' playoff run ended in the first round, questions with regard to Mattingly's future with the organization surfaced. Mattingly ultimately opted to part ways with the Dodgers on Thursday morning and since has been considered the front-runner to become the next Marlins manager.
Mattingly reportedly has a desire to manage next season and he could become a candidate for both the Washington and San Diego openings. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported Friday the Nationals do not have interest in Mattingly and are not planning an interview. The Padres could become interested as the off-season progresses although at this point they do not appear to be interested in Mattingly either.
Miami gave its coaching staff the chance to pursue other opportunities, which will allow the new manager to hire his own staff. The Marlins are known to be fond of infield coach Perry Hill, and although he is not guaranteed a spot on the staff, he is well respected throughout the game and would likely remain in Miami regardless of who the club hires.
Owner Jeffrey Loria is said to have a good relationship with Mattingly, who spent 14 years with the Yankees. Loria, according to Jackson, has "an affinity for former Yankee stars" and reportedly helped plan an event honoring Mattingly several years ago.
Mattingly has helped lead the Dodgers to three consecutive National League West championships but never led the club to the World Series.
After the final game of 2015, the Marlins said they were planning to conduct an "extensive and exhaustive" managerial search. To this point, Larry Bowa, Alex Cora, Phil Nevin, Rick Renteria and Manny Acta have all interviewed for the job.