ST. PETERSBURG -- Although most signs point to the Marlins coming to an agreement with Bobby Valentine, D-backs manager A.J. Hinch confirmed Friday that third-base coach Bo Porter has spoken to Florida about its open manager position.
"We did grant permission to the Marlins for Bo, and obviously we'll respect their process and kind of await whatever their plans are," Hinch said. "He did make contact with them, and we're going to leave it at that until they see through their process."
Hinch added: "Obviously we all hope it's going to be quickly, especially since it's in-season. It was advantageous for everybody to have it happen quickly, but they need to make their decision on their timeline."
The manager added that he was proud of his third-base coach for being considered. Before joining the D-backs this season, Porter spent five years in the Marlins organization, most recently as their third-base coach and outfield and baserunning instructor from 2007-09.
His only experience as a manager came in 2006 with Class A Jamestown, where he also worked as the organization's outfield coordinator.
"We certainly respect and honor Bo as being a candidate," Hinch said. "There's only 30 of these jobs, so that's a very unique situation when it's midseason like this."