The Marlins are expected to offer Bobby Valentine a four-year contract to be their new manager, ESPN reports.
Valentine, an ESPN analyst who has managed the Rangers and Mets, confirmed to the network he will fly to Florida on Friday night to meet with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and other executives.
"Valentine has known Loria for 20 years, and has had informal discussions with Loria over the last eight months about Valentine’s interest in someday managing the Marlins," the ESPN report says.
The Marlins fired manager Fredi Gonzalez on Wednesday, replacing him with interim manager Edwin Rodriguez. Later that day, Valentine withdrew his name for consideration as manager of the Orioles.