All signs still point toward Bobby Valentine becoming the Marlins' next manager, perhaps even by the end of the weekend.
The Marlins, however, will interview two other candidates Friday, according to major-league sources -- Edwin Rodriguez, their interim manager, and Bo Porter, the Diamondbacks' third base coach.
Valentine's interview is this weekend, sources said, and his hiring could occur quickly after he meets with Marlins executives. He could even be in uniform by Sunday, though such a timetable is by no means assured.
Sentiment exists within the Marlins' organization to allow Rodriguez, the first Puerto Rican-born manager, to remain manager through the team's series against the Mets in Puerto Rico, which runs from Monday to Wednesday.
Porter, before joining the Diamondbacks this season, spent the previous five years in the Marlins' organization, serving as third base coach and outfield and baserunning instructor from 2007 to '09.
The Diamondbacks visit Tampa Bay this weekend.