Valentine, Marlins meeting held off

Former Texas Rangers and New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine, now an analyst with ESPN, will not meet Friday night in Florida with Marlins executives about the club's managerial job. The conversation instead will take place over the phone, Marlins president David Samson said.

Samson said "all the parties" could not be in place for a face-to-face meeting with Valentine.

The Marlins fired manager Fredi Gonzalez Wednesday and replaced him with Triple-A manager Edwin Rodriguez on an interim basis.

Since then, Marlins officials have had discussions with Valentine about the job. A source close to the situation said the Marlins have considered making a contract offer of four years to Valentine. But, for the moment, it appears the process has slowed down.

Tim Kurkjian is a senior baseball writer for ESPN The Magazine.