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Marlins determine preferred way to trim payroll

Barry Jackson and Clark Spencer, Miami Herald on

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-- Jeter called Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez last week to introduce himself. They hope to meet eventually.

-- Manager Don Mattingly, expected to return, will meet with Jeter in the coming days and told The New York Post that "I think this is a chance to make long-term baseball decisions. How do we grow, get better and stay that way? That is the challenge in Miami, kind of like Houston, how do you do something sustainable? ... I am in. I knew what I signed up for."

-- Just as Jeff Conine told us he was turning down Jeter's unappealing offer to stay with the team, Tony Perez told FanRag Sports that he and Andre Dawson rejected Jeter's offer to stay with the Marlins with diminished responsibilities and a pay cut from $100,000 to $25,000.

Jeter previously told then-president David Samson to fire all three, then came back with diminished offers after receiving criticism for that. Jack McKeon, also let go, was not given an offer.

-- Jeter has been hiring a few people from Wall Street for major jobs. Caroline O'Connor, who has a background in finance and wealth management, was appointed to position of chief of staff -- which is common in political offices but a rare title for sports teams.

-- Former owner Jeffrey Loria turned down an offer to be ambassador to France for personal reasons, according to a friend of his.

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