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Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:49 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 3:24 pm
 
Guillen

By Evan Brunell

Ozzie Guillen is expected to become the Marlins' new manager in exchange for infielder Osvaldo Martinez (MLB.com) and minor-leaguer Jahn Marinez (Chicago Tribune). To that end, Guillen tweeted Tuesday afternoon that it was "Weird to be in miami in this time but very happy ready to go."

Guillen Leaves White Sox
Guillen was let out of his contract after Monday night's game, capping an end to a tumultuous career as White Sox skipper. Winning the World Series in 2005, Chicago collapsed in 2011 amid high expectations. Guillen's relationship with GM Kenny Williams was by all accounts poisonous, leading to the parting. While Guillen was technically let out of his contract and free to negotiate with any team, the club had arranged a deal with the Marlins should Florida elect to make Guillen its new skipper, which is now clear will come to pass.

It's likely that Guillen will be introduced to the media after Wednesday's season finale for the Marlins, providing a bolt of news for a team that goes into a pivotal offseason with a new stadium, a name change (Florida to Miami) and new logos and uniforms. Guillen himself posted an article Monday night about becoming the Marlins' new manager before it was taken down, the Associated Press reported.

"The post quoted Guillen as saying he was thrilled to join the Marlins and couldn't wait to get started," the AP wrote. "The post went up Monday night, then was removed a short time later and replaced by a blog that discussed Guillen's departure from the Chicago White Sox while making no mention of the Marlins."

Only last year, it was rumored that Chicago wanted left fielder Logan Morrison in exchange for Guillen when the Marlins inquired as to the skipper's availability. That was a steep price to pay and its no wonder Florida passed, but the price dropped significantly once Guillen's future in Chicago was settled. Martinez, 23, is a solid defender but struggles with the bat. He's amassed a handful of at-bats each of the last two years, totaling 71 plate appearances with a .258/.300/.348 line. In Triple-A, he hit just .245/.296/.322 in 371 PA. Martinez figures to serve as a defensive replacement off the bench for the White Sox and could replace Omar Vizquel if the ageless infielder moves on.

Marinez had a 3.57 ERA for Double-A this season, striking out 11.5 per nine innings in 58 innings while also walking 6.5. If he can tighten up his command, he has the power potential to eventually become a top setup man or closer.

It's not yet known who the minor-leaguer is and that will truly determine the value of this deal. But already, both Florida and Chicago have won. The White Sox end the constant soap opera, while the Marlins finally get their man to lead the team into what they hope is a new beginning.

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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

Guillen himself posted an article Monday night about becoming the Marlins' new manager before it was taken down, the Associated Press reported. . . ."The post went up Monday night, then was removed a short time later and replaced by a blog that discussed Guillen's departure from the Chicago White Sox while making no mention of the Marlins."
I see Ozzie still hasn't learned how to control his communications and not embarrass his employer(s).  And he hasn't even started work yet!
Think the Marlins willl insist on a special clause about this stuff in his contract?



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

He should have follwed the old saying "A little less lip when the W's are few!!!" Well I made it up but he should have followed it anyway!!



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

Ozzie gave you White Sox fans your first World Series in 88 years.  I bet 99.9% of you weren't born when the last one was won and now some of you are piling on.  Please!!  You make me sick.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

The only thing good about change is that it's constant.  I can only hope that the Marlins are making the right change.  Us SoFla fans thought Joe was the right guy, then Fredi was the right guy, and Edwin was the best guy at the time because he's latin and maybe could have provide some influence.  Yeah, not so much.  We are all still thinking the same thing; that maybe Ozzie from Venezuela will have some pull with Hanley from the DR.  Maybe that's what Loria, Beinfest, and Samson are thinking too.  If that's their reasoning to find a manager to manage one guy, then the Fish are dead at the start.  Every single, solitary manager is a baseball guy, a strategist, uses the bullpen wisely cliche, cliche.  Like Warren Buffett, when everyone sees a dumpster fire, he sees a diamond in the rough. On the reverse side, everyone thinks Oz is the right buy, but I'm selling. 




Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

Time for Ozzie to move on. Just because you're brave enough to speak your mind in public doesn't mean you have a good one or, any common sense.

Maybe the White Sox can get back to winning now.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

If Ozzy kept his mouth shut then he'd probably still be in Chiacgo.  That said and his inability to act as a professional led him out of his contract.  He bad mouthed just about everyone and alienated alot of players and ex players.  The fans were even growing tired it.  A change was necessary.  He now heads to Florida where he'll get to upstage the retirement of Jack Mckeown.  Can't Jack retire and have his own day.  After all he did guide The Marlins to a World Series Championship.  Now here comes Ozzie.  Probably not ready to bash his new players just yet but give it time and he'll start alienating those young guys as well.  Good luck Florida/Miami Fans - your goona need it!



Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

Do you know anything about the and have you played the game?????
Point One Who puts together the team????? Kenny Williams does decides what players to trade, for sign and draft.
Point Two As Gordon beckham stated it's his own approach to hitting that is the problem it's not the hitting coach.
Point  Three Paul Konerko stated that Walker is the reason he become the hitter he is.
Point four unlike the northside of Chicago sox fans will not go to the games unless they win.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

I won't miss him



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

GOOD RIDDANCE! His game has been lame for a LONG time!



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

This whole situation comes down to 1 thing. Loria despartely looking to fill seats, trades for Ozzie, who is a charismatic Hispanic guy full of sound bites, to draw in a huge Hispanic population in SoFla. Simple equation. All about promoting his product.


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