A person familiar with the Florida Marlins' managerial search says the team was nearing a deal with Bobby Valentine and a meeting is scheduled for Friday. However, other interviews were still planned.

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The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the Marlins had not authorized any public comment.
Former Marlins' third-base coach Bo Porter also was speaking with the team about the job, getting a telephone interview Friday.
The Marlins are looking for a replacement for Fredi Gonzalez, the franchise's all-time victory leader who was fired Wednesday.

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