The Miami Marlins have had a mixed offseason in terms of successes and failures before the 2014 campaign. On the one hand, they made a smart move to pick up Jarrod Saltalamacchia for three years at very affordable prices. On the other hand, they commited two years to a potentially replacement-level player in Garrett Jones. For Marlins fans, you have to find some of their moves good and some of their moves puzzling at best.

The one thing that Fish fans can be happy about is that, regardless of the quality of the moves, it does seems as though they are being primarily made by the front office of president of baseball operations Michael Hill and general manager Dan Jennings and not necessarily by historically meddlesome owner Jeffrey Loria. As per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:Among the positives to emerge from the Marlins’ front-office changes: Owner Jeffrey Loria has such faith in his executives that for the first time, he has been deferring to them on baseball decisions.

"He’s far happier with the baseball department now," a friend of Loria said. "They presented him with a plan and he has agreed to everything."

Loria has ordered many moves in the past – everything from significant (such as pursuing Jose Reyes and John Buck and giving a three-year deal to Heath Bell) to minor ones (demoting Chris Volstad, not promoting journeyman Chris Valaika after last summer's Tino Martinez fiasco). But he hasn’t demanded anything this offseason, according to an official who has spoken to the Marlins’ front office.

For Marlins fans well familiar with Loria's meddling ways, this is a relative sigh of relief. Fans should be tired of seeing Loria get in the way of the folks he hired to run his franchise's player personnel. Former president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest supposedly ran into ever-increasing resistance from Loria for many of his personnel moves. As they continued to butt heads, the situation almost certainly led to a rumored fractured front office, with Beinfest and Hill picking sides against Loria and his prized pupil Jennings on various issues.

That sort of lack of continuity and environment of mistrust could have caused the Marlins harm when team-building over the last three years, and that could have contributed in part to the three consecutive disappointing campaigns the Fish have put up. Now, however, it seems that ousting Beinfest has left Loria at more ease.