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Everything we know about the future of the Miami Marlins

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There is a lot to keep track of. We discuss it all further here.

It is about to get more confusing.

Miami was already expected to be active this offseason but a handful of moves could come before then. The Marlins are planning notable front office changes which could have an impact on the organization moving forward. Here is everything we know:

Marlins will ask Dan Jennings to return to the front office

Late Tuesday night, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was among the first to report the Marlins are going to ask Jennings to leave the dugout and return to the front office. This is nothing too new. Throughout August, it was reported the Marlins are hoping to add an experienced manager this offseason. The only question is who the right man for the job will be.

Since Jennings took over for the dismissed Mike Redmond, the Marlins have not notably improved. The team has been plagued by injuries and both Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton have spent extensive periods of time on the disabled list. Jennings did not have any managerial experience before taking the job but he continues to be one of the more well-respected front office officials throughout the game.

There is a chance Jennings does not return, however, since he has been linked to the Mariners GM job over the last few days.

Marlins planning 'sweeping changes'

Jennings returning to the front office is not the only front office change that could be made. According to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald, the Marlins are expected to "make sweeping changes" to to their baseball operations department.

Miami is not the only club to struggle this season as each of their minor league affiliates has also had difficulty in 2015. Staff and player development changes could become realistic as a result of the organization's inconsistencies from the Single-A through the Major League levels.

Jennings, Jeffrey Loria relationship becoming 'increasingly strained'

Owner Jeffrey Loria does not like to lose. After taking another positive step in the 2014, the Marlins, mainly as a result of injuries but also as a result of inconsistencies, have underperformed. Many picked the Marlins to win one of two National League Wild Card spots. Instead they could lose close to 100 games.

Both Spencer and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the relationship between Loria and Jennings is no longer the same as a result of the Marlins' struggles. Whether the club's performance is enough to encourage Loria to replace Jennings is to be determined.

Marlins have offered reassignment to VP of player Development Marty Scott

Scott could very easily see his role change. Rosenthal adds that Scott is considering all of his options but could take a new position heading into 2016.

Could Mike Berger become the next GM?

The simple answer is yes. Berger has worked with Loria in the past and has been Miami's GM since the Jennings move. If front office officials feel Berger has done a decent job, will Jennings be welcomed back?

Don Mattingly might be favorite to become next Marlins manager

It will not be a quick process. The Marlins will consider a handful of options and Mattingly, who won't necessarily be available, might not be among them. But according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Loria is known to be fond of the current Dodgers manager.