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Guillen out as White Sox manager, Marlins next?

Posted on: September 26, 2011 8:56 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 8:40 am

By Matt Snyder

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has managed his last game for the White Sox. The White Sox have released Guillen from his contract -- which ran through 2012 -- but retain rights to his compensation. They announced the move after the White Sox beat the Blue Jays on Monday night. Prior to the game, Guillen had met with owner Jerry Reinsdorf for a half-hour, with Guillen saying he wanted to return but would only do so with a contract extension.

Guillen has long been rumored to be on the wish list of the Florida Marlins, especially now as they look for a fresh start heading into a new stadium for 2012. Earlier Monday night, Guillen had a colorful session with media before the White Sox hosted the Blue Jays. Now, a rumor has surfaced that Guillen is headed to the Marlins. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting the White Sox are in talks with the Marlins to send Guillen to Miami -- citing "multiple sources." Nothing official has happened yet, though.

The Marlins have a managerial vacancy as Jack McKeon is retiring at the conclusion of this season.

Guillen Leaves White Sox
While very rare, it's not without precedent for a player to be traded for a manager, albeit unofficially. Tampa Bay sent outfielder Randy Winn to the Mariners for little return in 2002, but manager Lou Piniella went back to the then-Devil Rays as compensation. Last offseason, the big rumor was that the White Sox sought promising young outfielder Logan Morrison in return for Guillen, but the Marlins wouldn't cough up that much. Under the current circumstances, it's very doubtful the White Sox could get anything even close to a player of Morrison's caliber.

The Marlins are ready to make a big splash this coming offseason in anticipation of changing their name to the Miami Marlins, getting a new logo and moving into a new home. One report indicated they plan a huge movement in free agency, with increasing the payroll to close to $100 million a possibility.

Bringing in a manager with Guillen's pedigree would only increase the excitement in Miami.

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Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:09 pm

Report: Guillen headed to Marlins

No. What is news is that he got traded for 2 minor leaguers. But CBS has horrible baseball coverage.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:59 pm

Report: Guillen headed to Marlins

Dear Ozzie
 Thanks for the World Series Championship in 2005. Chicagos only baseball championship since 1917 !
But what have you done since that besides feud with Kenny Williams ?
You had the team members to win more but you didn't. Especially this year.
Kenny gave you a very good team but you couldn't get them over 500.
Enjoy Florida. And please take you coaching staff with you.

Please bring in a manager and a staff that can bring another Championship to the South Side. Infact yets go for more then 1 championship this time.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:58 pm

Report: Guillen headed to Marlins

Ozzie Chicago will miss U!  Its a shame that Hollywood Williams gets to keep his job after putting together that horsesh&$ roster. 

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:51 pm

Report: Guillen headed to Marlins

When did this become news? Everyone knew he was going to Miami after this season.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:36 pm

Report: Guillen headed to Marlins

Probably a good move all round.

Ozzie has used up all the goodwill he built when winning it all in '05, while the Marlins are fed up with being the most ignored team in MLB. If nothing else, Ozzie will certainly fix that.... 

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:29 pm

Report: Guillen headed to Marlins

Hopefully he takes his whole coaching staff with him.  Marlins fans then can look forward to a team that can't bunt, advance runners, or get a guy from third home with less than 2 outs.  Defensively you can look forward to guys being out of position, repeatatively throwing to the wrong base, and general laziness and lack of caring.  Finally, don't even get me started on how bad he is at handling a pitching staff.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 9:53 pm
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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 9:30 pm

Report: Guillen headed to Marlins

Acquiring Ozzie is suppose to be a difference maker down in South Florida?

Jack McKeon was the manager the last time the Marlins won a WS and he couldn't do much when he took over.

Ozzie was the hitting instructor on that WS team and apparently had earned a good reputation for keeping guys loose during the regular season.

However, Loria is dilusional if he thinks this is what is going to make a difference.

You could put whoever you want back there, until this team finds a closer and another 5th starter that isn't AAA material they are always going to struggle in the division that includes the Braves/Phillies and now the Nationals who are loaded with talent.

They are going to compete with the Mets for last place until they get a real bullpen and some back end of the rotation guys who aren't complete garbage.

Juan Carlos Oviedo AKA Leo Nunez isn't going to cut it as a closer; neither is having Volstad in the rotation.

Josh Johnson has been able to complete a season only once in the last 4 years so the rest of the rotation needs reliability.

No one knows for sure what is going to happen with the rotation behind JJ; perhaps they move Nolasco but maybe they keep him.

Javier Vaszueq is likely to retire but the way he closed the season; maybe he may come back on the cheap.

As it stands, there are still many question marks and adding Ozzie is only putting a band aid on a bigger problem.

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