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Ozzie talked to Orioles about 3B coaching job, on sidelines for now

JUPITER -- Ozzie Guillen talked to the Orioles about becoming their third base coach, but with the job going to longtime minor-league manager and coach Bobby Dickerson, the former Marlins manager remains in Chicago, working on his foundation, considering some TV work and mulling his next baseball step, which could include managing in Asia.

Guillen inquired about the Orioles job, according to someone familiar with the situation, though Guillen's son Ozzie Jr., who handles some of his business affairs, disputed the notion that Guillen actually applied for the job, suggesting only that his father may have had a brief third-party discussion regarding the O's job. Guillen Jr. did say his father wouldn't rule out coaching jobs, saying, "If it was the right situation, he would consider it."

Dickerson was promoted from Orioles bullpen coach after serving as an organizational coordinator following 12 years as a minor-league manager for the Diamondbacks and Cubs.

Orioles GM Dan Duquette declined to discuss the field of candidates, saying only, "We had a lot of candidates but decided to promote from within the Orioles organization."

Guillen Jr. said his father, the longtime White Sox manager who guided them to the 2005 World Series title, might like to get back into managing "in the future,'' and suggested he might consider managing "in Asia," mentioning that Andruw Jones and some others he knows well have gone to Japan.

Guillen said his father wass offered a couple television jobs, which shouldn't be a surprise considering his effervescent personality, and may do a little TV this year while mulling his next on-field move.

The Marlins have moved on quietly to the more low-key Mike Redmond after Guillen's disastrous season in Miami but have an eye on Guillen's next baseball move for one big reason. If Guillen secures a high-paying on-field job, his new salary would reduce the Marlins' commitment of $2.5 million a year for the next three years.

One Marlins person said what everyone's thinking. "I'd like him to get a managing job, and get him off the payroll."

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