After ESPN reported that the Florida Marlins would be offering Bobby Valentine a 4-year deal a few days back, it now seems that deal is now off the table.
Both Loria and Valentine possess strong egos. Both are highly volatile. Their relationship goes back more than 20 years, and their plot to overthrow Gonzalez goes back to at least the end of last season.
One source says that something happened in the final discussions between Loria and Valentine — not a squabble over money or struggle over control, but a philosophical dispute.
Others, however, suggest that Loria is engaged in an internal power struggle with his stepson, club president David Samson, who is opposed to hiring Valentine.