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UPDATE: Ozzie Guillen released from contract with White Sox, expected to join Marlins

Sep 26, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

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Oh boy.

According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Ozzie Guillen is managing his last game with the White Sox tonight. Oh, but that’s not all. He has been told by multiple sources that the White Sox are “in the final stages” of completing a deal to send him to the Marlins.

Of course, Guillen has been linked to the Marlins dating back to failed trade talks last offseason. The White Sox reportedly asked for Logan Morrison at the time, but the price would presumably be much less now that Guillen only has one year left on his contract. He has also given the White Sox little choice but to let him go, at least with his comments in the media.

Entering Monday’s action, Guillen has a 677-617 record (.523) over eight seasons as manager with the White Sox, including a World Series title in 2005.

Cowley writes that there will likely be sweeping changes to the White Sox coaching staff this offseason, but that renowned pitching coach Don Cooper already has a deal to on the table to stay with the organization.

UPDATE: Via Twitter, Ozzie Guillen Jr. has all but confirmed his father’s exit from the organization, writing,” thank you to all the great white sox fans who always showed support. Chicago the best city in the world will always be home.”

UPDATE II: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins conducted managerial interviews today with Nationals third base coach Bo Porter and two in-house candidates (one believed to be current third base/outfield coach Joe Espada), but that they are on the verge of completing a deal for Guillen. The interviews were conducted in order to comply with MLB regulations. The White Sox are expected to receive at least one player in return.

UPDATE III: According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins are not expected to make an announcement tonight.

UPDATE IV: The White Sox announced following tonight’s game that they have agreed to let Guillen out of his contract. Interesting wording considering what we have heard throughout the night, but the White Sox will receive compensation if he takes another manager job for 2012, which is apparently the case with the Marlins.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    The player formerly known as Leo Nunez for Ozzie Guillen.

    • firedude7160 - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:16 PM

      sounds fair

      • Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:18 AM

        Not at all. Leo was useful.

    • baseballisboring - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:48 PM

      I just want it to actually be Logan Morrison…only because of the hilarious irony of him being suspended for, many believe, being outspoken.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Sep 27, 2011 at 7:47 AM

      There will be a player involved in the transaction – the Sox are going to send Adam Dunn along with Oz to complete the deal.

  2. jamie54 - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Gator, Gator, Gator, woe is ye.

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:40 PM

      I’m not gonna bullshit you. Gator’s been a huge fucking letdown for us this season. I blame myself, but this is terrible.

  3. cur68 - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Tho post season and next season is really shaping up, now isn’t it?

    • cur68 - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:27 PM

      It’s all about Ozzie and the trade over @ the Sox/jays game right now. Way these guys are talking about it, this is a done deal.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM

        It’s because nobody cares about the Jays.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:40 PM

        I was just giving Cur a hard time. Thumbs down brigade needs to relax a tad.

      • cur68 - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:20 PM

        Hey man, are you calling me a nobody? I mean, it might be true, but that’s cold man.

        I see the Phillies added to the Brave’s misery this evening. Shame on you guys, making Craig suffer like this. I hope all of Philadelphia is proud of themselves?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:23 PM

        He is clinging to his bourbon pulling for the Astros right now I imagine.

      • cur68 - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:36 PM

        Poor man. See if he supported a team without a prayer he’d be MUCH more cheerful. For me the stress is over. If Bautista wins the MVP (which he should) then there’s something, If he doesn’t, well even to have been in the conversation, even to be considered makes the Beaver Men’s season a decent one for me.

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:06 AM

        See the update? It is official. No more Oz-live from 2nd City. Still not in the books he’s going to skipper the Feesh yet. A nation holds it collective breath. Who said the Feesh would have no post season drama, eh?

  4. oldpaddy - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    When was the last manager to be traded?

    • grigshow - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:49 PM

      I know in the NFL Jon Gruden was traded in 2001, but I can’t recall anything since then in any sport.

    • fquaye149 - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:54 PM

      Pineilla for Hidalgo. Think it was 2002 or 2003

      • fquaye149 - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:56 PM

        Check that. randy Winn

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:03 PM

      1977, Manny Sanguillen was traded from the Pirates to the A’s for manager Chuck Tanner.
      .
      Following the 2002 season, Lou Piniella left the Mariners to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. As compensation, the Devil Rays traded outfielder Randy Winn to the Mariners for infield prospect Antonio Perez.
      .
      Joe Gordon was manager of the Cleveland Indians and he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for their manager Jimmy Dykes in the middle of the 1960 season,

  5. raysfan1 - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    My sincerest condolences, Old Gator.

    • Old Gator - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:09 PM

      Gracias – and my best wishes to your guys who are now locked in a death grip with the imploding Beanbags. May they bring a fine wild card title home to prettify that horrible mausoleum of yours. Next season, of course, we’ll both have ugly stadiums – just two kinds of ugly.

  6. goforthanddie - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Chicago’s loss will be Florida’s burden.

  7. sknut - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    They couldn’t wait three days till the season was over, the timing is just odd and wasn’t there a good chance the Sox would have just fired him and then the Fish wouldn’t have given up any compensation.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      That’s not how the Marlins roll.

    • jdd428 - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:33 AM

      Sox had no intention of actually “firing” him; he was under contract for one more year. Chicago held that contract so they could retain his rights and require compensation from any team wishing him to manage next season. That is why Miami will have to give up a player or two to get him for 2012. As to why they couldn’t wait until Wednesday, not sure – unless it’s to give Joey Cora a two-game audition.

  8. drew05 - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Thanks Ozzie for the 8 years…and the playing career.

    The World series you brought us…playing “Manager’s Baseball” is, and will be a cherished memory forever!

    I’ll be a closet Marlins fan…just hope they don’t play my Sox!

    Thanks again Oz!

  9. Gordon - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Thank god the Ozzie bullshit is coming to an end. He definitely talked his way out of town. Maybe we can get back to focusing on the team instead of a loudmouth manager.

  10. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Needless to say, I think I’m going to vomit – me, who can digest license plates.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:06 PM

      What kind of beer goes best with license plates?

      • Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:20 AM

        Iron City.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:21 PM

      Actually, I was going to say “told ya so” or something equally true but un-clever. Somehow, I just can’t bring myself to do it right now.

  11. sosascork - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Can they throw Hawk Harrelson into the trade also? Mercy!

    • marinersnate - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:00 AM

      “Can they throw Hawk Harrelson into the trade also? Mercy!”

      Who the heck would take him? (Come to think of it, who the heck would take fruitloop Ozzie? “Don’t blame Ozzie, blame the White Sox”.)

      Who knows. The Hawk might just end up with the Yankees. Afterall, Micheal Kay might well be the only PBP guy in baseball who is actually WORSE than Harrelson. But I do not think Cashman could pull off a straight trade. The Yankees would have to throw in a PTNL.

  12. dbick - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    This is hilarious. Who the hell trades players for a goddamn manager? No matter who they get the White Sox are winning this one. And if it’s somehow LoMo the Marlins should be banished to AAA for sheer stupidity.

  13. ta192 - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    I feel SO fortunate that, despite living in SoFla for so long, I am NOT a Marlins’ fan…

  14. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    ESPN reporting it is done deal for 2 minor leaguers. Weird.

  15. crankyfrankie - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    MLB network said a Major and minor are going to Chicago. Does LoMo have arbitration coming up already? Cause Loria is that cheap.

  16. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Why do the Marlins think semi-coherent rants from the manager will lead them to better fortunes? Once the novelty wears off, what will be left? Will Ozzie get the most out of Hanley? Will Twitter explode once Ozzie and LoMo meet?

    • Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:42 AM

      I don’t know what the Feesh front orifice thinks they’re gaining by bringing in this fat greasy slobbering incoherent loudmouthed fool. Ozzie seems like he’s going to play a dumber sort of Billy Martin to Scrooge McLoria’s Age-of-Bronze simulacrum of George Steinbrenner. I can’t imagine how a blowhard like Slobbering Ozzie is going to fit in with this pole-up-the-hole bunch of suits. I really can’t.

      Well, it doesn’t much matter, really. This is a last place team with no spirit and no venom in it, and clearly a lot of its so-called talent has been massively overvalued by many, myself included. In its present condition it’s beyond Ozzie’s power to make it better or worse, not that I think he could make it better anyway.

      We also discovered, like it or not, that once the legacy of Dave Dombrowski had completely run its course, Larry Beinfest was simply not the wizard so many writers thought he was; you can only go to the well for Rule 5 and scrapheap bottled lightning so many times before it runs dry. This is assuredly not a team that’s “just a few pieces of the puzzle away” from serious contention; it’s going to need a serious overhaul and even the farm system now requires some bigtime revamping. Tonight, as during the entire lackadaisical Brewers series mercifully concluded on Sunday, we saw how opponents have learned simply to pitch around the Iron Giant and let his supporting cast of the situation hitting clueless pop up, strike out or dribble into double plays behind him.

      We saw two years ago how Joe Girardi got the best mileage out of the kids that could be gotten, and how Fat Freddi and Flat Eddie took essentially the same bunch and got nowhere with them. We needed the Feesh to go out and get a Bo Porter type for this next phase of the team’s history, but for the second time they wasted the guy’s time when they already had their sights set on this sick joke of a next manager. Well, I’ve survived Hurricane Andrew, Elian Gonzalez, Joe Carollo, Smirking Bert, Miriam Alonso, a major recession, housing bubble burst, the most lopsided mayoral recall in American history, invasive pythons, fire ants and giant snails and all the other absurdities that make Macondo the bizarre dinner theater that it is. I dare say that I’ll survive having this gibbering clown with the vulvic mouth managing my rooting interests for the couple of years that he’ll last before he joins Bobby Valentine on Scrooge McLoria’s long list of ex-close-friends.

  17. jhorton83 - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    I love Ozzie Guillen because you’ll get hilarious quotes from him that you won’t get from any other manager or coach in any sport. Most of them all do their best to be as painfully boring and politically correct as possible. Do I think he’s a great manager? No, not at all. But I’m glad he’ll still be around for the aforementioned reasons.

    • Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:10 AM

      Then let’s make him color man on the Spanish language Feesh broadcasts and keep him away from our best developing players. He’ll ruin them.

      • jhorton83 - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:15 AM

        It’s not like any of the previous coaches have helped them flourish.

      • Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:48 AM

        He’s not going to be a “coach.” He is, sadly, going to be their manager. The Iron Giant, Gaby Sanchez and, even to some extent, Tweeter, still have a lot to learn about plate discipline. Ozie is a hacker and encourages hacking. These guys need that kind of toxic input like a hole in the head right now.

  18. craggt - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    There’s what, 2 games left in the season? Why do this now instead of just waiting until the end of the season?

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