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The Marlins were considering trading Mike Stanton for . . . Ozzie Guillen?!

Oct 29, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

That’s the report from Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun Times, who says that Marlins owner Jeff Loria — who is apparently obsessed with having Ozzie Guillen as his manager — was willing to trade phenom Mike Stanton to the Sox in exchange for Kenny Williams letting Guillen out of his contract.

At least it’s the implication of the article that it was Loria who was willing to do such a deal as opposed to the White Sox merely proposing it. Which is frankly nuts. Because if you’re Kenny Williams, and Loria actually makes Stanton available even for a millisecond, you yell “done!” and then personally chauffeur Ozzie to Miami, don’t you? Because no one on the planet thinks that a manager — even an entertaining and successful one like Guillen — isn’t worth cutting loose in exchange for a 20 year-old slugger with otherworldly power, right?

Well, maybe Jerry Reinsdorf feels that way, because it seems like he’s the one who put the kibosh on this thing.  Which, if true, should have White Sox fans assuming this position for the next several years as Stanton destroys National League pitching.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 29, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    I wonder if this would be enough to make Old Gator’s head explode…or if it wouldn’t surprise him in the least bit?

    • ta192 - Oct 31, 2010 at 11:03 PM

      Not sure about Gator, but I’m even more disgusted than usual with Marlins’ management. Loria is just plain friggin’ crazy…

  2. Kevin S. - Oct 29, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    You know, before I clicked on that link, I read it as “assuming the position,” and was fully expecting to see Kevin Bacon bent over. I’m not sure if I’m relieved or disappointed.

  3. Ari Collins - Oct 29, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    What actually goes on in a trade discussion is usually difficult to ascertain, and this seems rather unbelievable on the face of it. Still, if it’s true, that’s just insane. Insane to offer Stanton for Guillen, and insaner to refuse it.

  4. BC - Oct 29, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    OK, Old Gator, the microphone is yours. Have at it.

  5. BC - Oct 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Hmm. Old Gator must be face down on the floor after reading this. Medic!!

  6. Jonny 5 - Oct 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Gator said He’ll be right here. As soon as he’s done dousing Loria’s mansion with Gasoline. And writing “what are you stooopid” on his windsheild with soap.

    • mcsnide - Oct 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

      He’s probably still composing his diatribe. That seems like it would get about 500 words of esoteric comparisons out of him.

  7. JBerardi - Oct 29, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Wait wait wait. The Red Sox offered the Marlins Manny Ramirez (picking up his salary, of course), straight up, for Stanton and the Marlins turned them down. Then they went out and offered the guy for a freakin’ manager? Goodness gracious…

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