Well, that didn’t take long. On the same day he was reportedly set to be let go by the Chicago White Sox – and current Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon announced he’d retire – Ozzie Guillen is reportedly headed south to become the first manager of the Miami Marlins.
ESPN Chicago has reported that Guillen will be “traded” to the Marlins in exchange for two minor league players, but both teams have declined to comment on the transaction.
Earlier on Monday the White Sox accepted Guillen’s request to be released from him contract after eight seasons, 677 wins, two division titles and a World Series championship in 2005.
According to the report, if Guillen does indeed go to Miami to manage the Marlins the team will need to send two minor leaguers to the White Sox as compensation.
In his eight years in Chicago Guillen often angered the team’s management with his outspoken nature and was seen around the league as a bit of a loose cannon. OK, a big-time loose cannon. But for the most part, Guillen has been incredibly successful. After leading the team to five winning seasons in eight years, he finishes his time in Chicago as one of the most accomplished managers in franchise history.
Now it’s on to Florida where he will take over a last place team set to move into a new ballpark and get a new name and logo. They’ll also have a new manager if reports are to be believe.
Anyone else really excited for the impending Hanley Ramirez-Ozzie Guillen standoff? You know it’s going to happen, so pop your popcorn and settle in. This should end well.
UPDATE: ESPN has re-confirmed the story with even sources. Apparently Guillen was unable to get a contract extension from the White Sox so he asked to be let go and immediately began talking to the Marlins. The deal is all but done.