While it's too early to tell what direction the Florida Marlins are headed in this offseason, all indications are that the Marlins will bring back Edwin Rodriguez in some capacity.
Rodriguez has served as the Marlins manager since the organization fired Fredi Gonzalez (34-36) on June 23. The Marlins finished the season 80-82 and were an even 46-46 since Edwin Rodriguez took the helm.
Considering the injuries the Marlins suffered in the way of Chris Coghlan, Donnie Murphy, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson, and Ricky Nolasco from late July to September, the Marlins are going to give Edwin Rodriguez a long look.
Still the Marlins are likely to look at other experienced candidates in the way of Tony Pena (New York Yankees bench coach), Larry Bowa (Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach), Bryan Price (Cincinnati Reds pitching coach), Jim Fregosi, and Bobby Valentine.
With the Marlins moving into a new stadium in 2012 it is important the organization finds the right manager who will be able to command the clubhouse and lead the team into the right direction in a new ballpark with a new name and uniform. The process is expected to take a while with the majority of the prospective candidates in the postseason.
If Edwin Rodriguez isn't retained as manager, expect the organization to ask him to stay as bench coach having firsthand knowledge of the team through more than half the season. While there are an unprecedented amount of managerial openings, its unlikely Edwin Rodriguez will be a strong candidate for any of them so there is a growing chance he will stay in South Florida next season.