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.