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Marlins' Jeff Loria on manager's status: No interest in 'palace intrigue'

PHILADELPHIA -- Amid speculation that Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond's job might be in jeopardy because of the team's slow start, owner Jeffrey Loria declined the opportunity to issue a vote of confidence Tuesday.

After the Marlins were swept in a three-game series against the New York Mets over the weekend to fall to 3-10, the Miami Herald reported that the team has already begun discussing possible replacements for Redmond, who has a 142-195 record in two-plus seasons as Marlins manager.

Loria and general manager Dan Jennings met with Redmond in his office at Citizens Bank Park before Tuesday's game against the Phillies. When asked to comment on Redmond's job status, Loria stopped well short of giving an endorsement.

"I've got one thing to say: I'm not interested in palace intrigue,'' Loria said. "We've got games to win -- period. (The speculation) doesn't have anything to do with anything.''

The Marlins generated considerable buzz with an active offseason. They signed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a $325 million contract extension in November, and added position players Martin Prado, Michael Morse and Dee Gordon and pitchers Mat Latos and Dan Haren to the mix over the winter.

But the moves have failed to translate into success on the field. Miami's offense ranks 21st in the majors with a .649 OPS, and the pitching staff is last in baseball with a 5.10 ERA.

Marlins starters recorded only five quality starts in the team's first 13 games.

After Stanton said the team was playing with a lack of "fire'' in New York, the Marlins held a players-only meeting Saturday.

But they proceeded to go out and drop two more games to the Mets.

Loria has a track record of running through managers in Miami. The Marlins fired Jeff Torborg after 38 games in 2003 and terminated Fredi Gonzalez 70 games into the 2010 season. In addition, Loria fired Joe Girardi and Ozzie Guillen after one season each.

Redmond, who is under contract through 2017, said he's trying to keep his attention on the field in hopes that the Marlins can turn things around quickly.

"First of all, nobody is more disappointed in the way we've started than I am,'' Redmond said. "We were expecting to get off to a hot start and it hasn't happened.

"I can't control the stuff that people write. All I can do is come out and be consistent. I think I've showed that the last couple of years. I think the guys know where I'm coming from. We've got to win some ballgames. That's the way it is. My focus is the same every day. It's to try to come out here and try and do what I can to help this ballclub win a game. Hopefully that will start tonight.''