Ozzie Guillen Wants Extension, Could Leave

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he is prepared to walk away from the final year of his contract if he doesn’t get an extension by Opening Day 2012, Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago reports. Guillen's contract expires after 2012 and he's looking for more.

"One thing I make clear, I don't think I'm going to be back here for a one-year contract and I don't know what to do with the next year," Guillen said. 

Guillen said he has not discussed an extension with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and isn’t going to ask for a new deal any time soon. The skipper says he’d be “embarrassed” to ask for a contract after a “bad year.” The White Sox, who have been under Guillen’s guidance since 2004, began the day with a 67-65 record, trailing the Tigers by 5.0 games.

Guillen says he and GM Kenny Williams have a better relationship than anyone in the game, despite a report to the contrary. Earlier today, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the relationship between Guillen and GM Kenny Williams has become increasingly strained. The White Sox are getting a feel for potential alternatives to Guillen and are renewing talks with the Marlins about a possible deal involving the manager, according to Cowley.

29 Responses to Ozzie Guillen Wants Extension, Could Leave Leave a Reply

  1. Dave 4 years ago

    I find it weird that you can trade a manager.  I mean they’re not really working under the same rules…  It would suck way worse for a manager to get traded to a terrible team than a player.   At least a player is ultimately only responsible for his own success, a manager is only as good as the team he’s been given to coach.  

    • Isaac 4 years ago

      Lol how ’bout Ozzie to the cubs for zambrano and soriano

      • Bob George 4 years ago

        As long as it’s a 3 way trade and Ozzie ends up somewhere else.

      • jwsox 4 years ago

        Ozzie to the marlins- lo mo or someone else to the sox- big z and soriano to retirement….done deal!

    • Bob George 4 years ago

      There have been several trades of managers in MLB history. The last one I can remember was Lou Piniella to Tampa for Randy Winn.

      Chuck Tanner was traded from the A’s to the Pirates for catcher Manny Sanguillen.

      • Dave 4 years ago

        Oh sure I know it happens, it just seems weird to me.  There’s been a lot of times I wished it happened more often.   

        Right about now, I’d take that 4lbs of butter for Tony LaRussa but that’s just me. 

  2. Cardinals can trade LaRussa to the White Sox for 4 lbs of butter.

  3. tmwells15 4 years ago


  4. vtadave 4 years ago

    I’m glad trading owners is not allowed.


    F. McCourt

  5. Should I say Logan Morrison in a Sox uniform next year? Fits the bill. Could then move Quenton then…

    • jwsox 4 years ago

      Lo mo for quentin and ozzie actually might make sense for both teams….maybe Ozzie-and rios and quentin and cash for lo mo…..OR better yet for the whitesox….Coughlin-lo mo for Ozzie, Carlos, Rios, 90% of rios’ contract?? marlins fans? eh?

      • Rabbethan 4 years ago

        That sounds like the worst deal for the Marlins ever.

        • Isaac 4 years ago

          Worst then trading mike Lowell becket and Cabrera?

  6. jb226 4 years ago

    So Guillen would be embarrassed to ask for an extension, and the logical conclusion in his mind is to simply pitch himself onto the floor and flail his limbs in a tantrum until he gets what he wants.


    Here’s a strange thought Ozzie.  Maybe if you’re too embarrassed to ask for an extension, you don’t deserve one.  Maybe you should shut up, manage the last year you’ve already agreed to manage, and see if you deserve one then.  

    • lug 4 years ago

      Well all I have to say is that over there is reality and over here is this post.

    • jwsox 4 years ago

      in all reality why should he ask for an extension? he is already under contract and it has never been his style to ask or demand an extension. He may have fallen out of favor of some sox fans, ok most sox fans. But he is still a good manager and a fun guy. He may seem crazy but he really is a class act when it comes to business. He said him self today that he and kenny are like brothers, which is why we all blow their fights out of proportion. He is going to honor his contract and he probably knows asking for one now is not smart. He more than likely will ask for one next season if the sox play the way the should have played this year. Assuming he isnt moved

      • jb226 4 years ago

        None of which jives with “he is prepared to walk away from the final year of his contract if he doesn’t get an extension by Opening Day 2012.”

        Making threats in the press to get your way isn’t going to get any points with me, and that’s true whether he ultimately carries them through or not.

        Honestly, I’m having trouble understanding your post.  He threatens to walk out on his contract, you call him a class act.  He wants a resolution before October, you say he knows asking for an extension now is not smart and will ask for one next year.  These things do not compute.  He’s doing exactly what you’re claiming he won’t do, except perhaps that “asking” is not the right word — he’s actually demanding that Jerry Reinsdorf not make him ask.

        I do not blame Ozzie for his team’s play this year, and I make no judgments whatsoever about whether he is a good manager or whether he deserves an extension.  However, this constant whining about his contract in the press is hardly a class act, and I for one am tired of it.  Want more money?  Talk to your damn boss about it.  I’d throw him out on the street for this episode alone.  You don’t try to manipulate your bosses in the press.

        • WhiteSoxHomer 4 years ago

          You are assuming that this is some scheme by Ozzie to get more money or get what he wants. When you watch his press conferences you realize that most of these quotes are from when reporters ask him a question and him answering it honestly albeit in a rambling, profanity filled way. I really think that this isnt some scheme it is just Ozzie being honest.

      • Agree with JWSox on this, he was just being straightforward when asked the question several times during a press conference- take a listen to the transcript.  Funny how the media chases its tail, creating a story out of thin air by asking him the question repeatedly, getting a straightforward answer, and then leading with Ozzie has demanded a new contract— making an ultimatum.  The evening guys on the WSCR were just lousy, Ben Bindford (?) or whoever that is, went as far to suggest that Ozzie was now throwing games. 

  7. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Guillen to STL next year? Seems pretty plausible

  8. Here’s the door, Ozzie.

  9. Otis26 4 years ago

    How do you say: “Shut up and go away forever you whining meglomaniac” in Spanish?

  10. Lanidrac 4 years ago

    What’s so bad about managing in the final year of your contract, Ozzie? Tony La Russa has done it every year for several years.

  11. disgustedcubfan 4 years ago

    I think Ozzie has had the worst year of any manager in MLB. How you march Dunn and Rios out there for that long is beyond me. It probably cost the White Sox the A.L. Central this year
    2005 was a long time ago. Ozzie can’t survive off that forever. Even then, he was just along for the ride.

    • Worst managing job? His hands were tied, being dealt Dunn and Rios, and essentially being forced to play him. Ignore the KW’s ‘don’t listen to the man behind the curtain’ protestations about playing the best lineup, regardless of $$$, who are they supposed to have DH- Vizquel?  If anything, he’s done an impressive job playing with 7 regulars and  23.5 man roster, especially the way he’s handled the rotation and bullpen. If the Sox somehow come all the way, this could be his best managing job yet

  12. Beauford 4 years ago

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tweeting Ozzie just wants to have fun

    By ESPN Chicago.com

    …… Guillen said if tweeting becomes a problem for Williams or White Sox
    owner Jerry Reinsdorf he would consider stopping. But if he could figure out a
    way to make money off it, then the discussion might be more difficult.

    “If I was making money out of this then we’d fight,” Guillen said. “If I
    was making money out of this, I don’t care who told me, Jerry, Kenny, my mom,
    my dad, I would tell them to [forget] themselves. I just want to have fun, but
    if there was money involved I’m pretty sure I would get fired because I would
    fight for it.” End

    Ozzie constantly claims that his love for his family, the White Sox, and
    Jerry Reinsdorf in particular are foremost in his life. But then he
    rationalizes that the pursuit of money allows him to curse out his parents and
    Reinsdorf. In Guillen’s mind, his constant “I just want to have fun” motto
    evidently justifies all his ridiculous comments and money-oriented views on

    always hear that the White Sox want players of high character…evidently the manager is excluded.

  13. Moses007 4 years ago

    this guy is so full of himself.  It is amazing he is even considered by any teams front office.

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