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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
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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: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:04 am
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

I am so glad the Guillen is now the problem of the Florida (Miami) Marlins.  Give it two years and he will be gone from there as well.  Granted he won us the 2005 World Series but in all reality that buys you probably about 2 years of security.  The rest of his time here was due to the loyalty that Reinsdorf had for him.  He had no leverage to ask for a contract extension.  The last three season have been mediocre are best.  As for this season, if they don't win today AND tomorrow, my White Sox will fail to win 80 games.  He may continue to draw headlines next season for about the first week or so of the season as he takes over the Marlins, but overall I am looking forward to a pretty calm baseball season with no Ozzie trademark meltdowns.  I am glad his two sons will be gone as well.  See ya Ozzie.  You wanted Florida, now you got it, enjoy losing. 



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:59 am
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

   Ozzie wants to be the star of the show.    He won't find  the type of media in Florida  that he enjoyed in Chicago.     He will fade into obscurity.    It is a pity for the Marlin players.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:54 am
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

Was looking forward to going to the new stadium and catch a few games.  Thanks management for saving me money.  I will never see a game there as long as Guillen is manager.  How that racist s.o.b. is still allowed to manage is beyond me.




Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:53 am
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

Can Ozzie manage? Or was he simply Mr Chicago? Have a horrible feeling he will be found wanting in Miami, but as a White Sox fan I wish him good fortune and now await his replacement with a fair sense of dread


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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:45 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:37 am
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

The time had come for Ozzie to move on, but it is still unfortunate for the White Sox. Ever since the whole Twitter mess with his sons Twittering anti-management and internal information that they were privvy to, the relationship between Ozzie and the White Sox organization became too strained. He was tremendously loyal to the team, but only up to the point where the loyalty came into conflict with his blood - his sons. Nonethe less, Ozzie is an excellant manager of players and game decisions. In that regard, he will be difficult to replace. The whole demise of his relationship with the team that he clearly loved, is just plain sad.



Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:31 am
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

See ya later Ozzie! Chicago is done with your BS...World Series Title or not, this got old


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