The Associated Press reports that:
Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest was fired Friday (sic) owner Jeffrey Loria after 12 years with the franchise.
The move came as the Marlins neared the end of their third consecutive last-place season in the NL East.
Loria also fired Jim Fleming, who had been Beinfest's special assistant. The owner said he would soon make further announcements about a new structure in baseball operations.
The moves came even though Beinfest and Fleming are under contract through 2015.
Beinfest also worked under Loria in 2001 with the Montreal Expos. When Loria bought the Marlins before the 2002 season, he brought Beinfest along.
"Larry has worked with me for 13 years, making huge contributions to our efforts and serving as a partner to me in the process," Loria said in a statement announcing the firing. "I wish him nothing but the best and know he will make a great addition wherever he lands."
I find it difficult to feel sadness over Beinfest's fate. After all, he choose to work for the notorious Loria and can look forward to living on a generous severance pay package (two years of his contract). On the other hand, what would a rational person have expected from a team with a 2013 roster designed to meet Loria's profit-taking requirements?
Dave Littlefield might wish to return to the Marlins. He would perform well working in the Loria program! He worked for McClatchy; he clearly has the experience needed to handle the job.