White Sox Release Ozzie Guillen From Contract

The worst-kept secret in Major League Baseball has now become official. Ozzie Guillen will no longer manage the White Sox and it appears that he'll sign a new deal with the Marlins, who would send compensation to Chicago if a deal with Guillen becomes official.

The White Sox announced tonight that they have released Guillen from his contract at his request. He won't be in uniform for the season's final two games, according to the team, which retains rights to compensation if another club hires Guillen to manage in 2012. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf says he appreciates Guillen's work and wishes him the best.

“We certainly cannot thank Ozzie enough for all he has done during his eight seasons as manager of the Chicago White Sox, highlighted by an unforgettable 2005 World Series championship,” he said. 

The next time Guillen dons a Major League uniform, it will likely be for the Marlins. His deal with Florida is expected to be for three years, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Guillen had one year remaining on his deal in Chicago, where he had managed since 2004.

The White Sox will obtain two minor leaguers as compensation, according to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com. They were hoping for a "decent prospect" from the Marlins, but weren't expecting anyone on Florida's 40-man roster, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter).

Current manager Jack McKeon won't be back in Florida next year and the Marlins started a complete search for his replacement, even though they already appear to have decided on Guillen. The Marlins interviewed third base coach Joe Espada, hitting coach Eduardo Perez and Nationals coach Bo Porter today for the vacancy.

Guillen leaves the Windy City with a record of 678-617. The White Sox made two playoff appearances under Guillen: they won the World Series in 2005, Guillen's second season, and lost to the Rays in the 2008 ALDS.

Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, who first reported that Guillen was out as manager, says there will likely be substantive changes to Chicago’s coaching staff. Pitching coach Don Cooper already has a deal on the table to stay in the organization, according to Cowley. Bench coach Joey Cora is expected to join Guillen with the Marlins, according to Morosi (on Twitter). First, Cora will manage Chicago's last two regular season games, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin (on Twitter).  Tony La Russa and Buddy Bell are expected to be considered for Chicago's managing gig, tweets Morosi.

The White Sox and Marlins discussed a Guillen for Mike Stanton trade last offseason (don't expect a substantive return for the White Sox if the deal goes through). Though they're rare, there is some precedent for player-manager swaps. Following the 2002 season, the Rays sent Randy Winn to Seattle for minor leaguer Antonio Perez to compensate the Mariners for losing Lou Piniella.


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143 Comments on "White Sox Release Ozzie Guillen From Contract"


3 years 10 months ago

Want to see LoMo to the White Sox so badly. Would be so funny.

55saveslives
3 years 10 months ago

Ozzie is 10x louder than LoMo.  Why would they want THAT baggage??

3 years 10 months ago

Logan Morrison, see ya later!

3 years 10 months ago

no way.  the white sox will get “a player to be named later” out of the farm system

3 years 10 months ago

Let’s hope for his sake and the sake of the White Sox that this deal involves Logan Morrison

GOBBLEX239
3 years 10 months ago

LoMo isn’t the piece going to CHI. 

shysox
3 years 10 months ago

They can give the White Sox a box of oranges and some sand as far as I’m concerned. Miami will soon come to the realization that Ozzie sucks. Enjoy disgusting language after every loss and refusing to bench .160 BA players. 

shysox
3 years 10 months ago

They can give the White Sox a box of oranges and some sand as far as I’m concerned. Miami will soon come to the realization that Ozzie sucks. Enjoy disgusting language after every loss and refusing to bench .160 BA players. 

GOBBLEX239
3 years 10 months ago

Id say Coghlan is.

dylanp5030
3 years 10 months ago

If they resign Infante, that could make sense. They could rely on Dominguez next year for second base or third if they don’t sign Reyes.

statnut
3 years 10 months ago

What pie in the sky world are you living in that the Marlins would A)have the resources to sign Jose Reyes and B) That Reyes would agree to switch positions.

3 years 10 months ago

it’s already been reported that the marlins are looking at signing big money players for next year. 

statnut
3 years 10 months ago

Uh-huh. Even if that is true, that doesn’t answer the second part. Why would Reyes agree to switch positions?

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

hanley would move to third, as he should and i believe he’s already said he would (not that i think reyes is really gonna go to florida)

Carlos Lee
3 years 10 months ago

I doubt Reyes will want to play 2B again. He tried it briefly when the Mets had K. Matsui at SS in 2004. They promptly ended that experiment.

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 10 months ago

 Hanley said he would move to 3rd if the Marlins signed Reyes.

dylanp5030
3 years 10 months ago

If they resign Infante, that could make sense. They could rely on Dominguez next year for second base or third if they don’t sign Reyes.

shysox
3 years 10 months ago

I would be very pleased with Coghlan coming to Chicago. I don’t think it will happen, but it gives the Sox a young left handed leadoff man, which will be a vacancy this season. Not saying he’s going to turn it around, but I think he would be a nice addition. The Sox should have traded Ozzie when they (allegedly) had a chance to get Logan Morrison.

3 years 10 months ago

De Aza can probably lead off

bigpat
3 years 10 months ago

Not sure what organization is a bigger joke at this juncture, I guess we’ll have to see what Florida gives up for him. 

Rabbitov
3 years 10 months ago

Pirates fan calls Marlins and Chisox a joke?  Come on. 

3 years 10 months ago

Hey now knock it off. Forget the 2 decades of awful baseball they were in 1st place for a day this year!

lolpods
3 years 10 months ago

and a twins fan likes the comment. what a visionary.

Rabbitov
3 years 10 months ago

Pirates fan calls Marlins and Chisox a joke?  Come on. 

miamiroc
3 years 10 months ago

Wait a minute…The Pittsburgh Pirates Fan thinks the Marlins and White Sox organizations are jokes??? But haven’t they both won WS rings in the last decade while the Pirates haven’t made it to the playoffs since 1992…where btw you lost to the braves in the first round. wow.

3 years 10 months ago

White Sox= World Series Champs 6 years ago. Marlins= World Series Champs 4 years ago. Pirates= 20 straight losing seasons. 

3 years 10 months ago

Ah meant 8 years for Marlins. 

lolpods
3 years 10 months ago

was this some sort of reverse troll, where your intention was to be owned mercilessly?

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

first thing’s first: that talented young player of ours, morrison? he talks too damn much. you know how i hate that. i want him demoted posthaste!

now, on to business. someone get kenny williams on the phone. i want ozzie guillen and i want him now

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

meanwhile, in chicago: “screw the white sox! they’re so damn cheap! i wish i could manage the marlins instead”

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

meanwhile, in chicago: “screw the white sox! they’re so damn cheap! i wish i could manage the marlins instead”

$1529282
3 years 10 months ago

In a display of the brilliant logic that permeates their front office, the Marlins are interested in letting the most outspoken man in baseball manage their team after disciplining Logan Morrison for being a loose cannon. Ok then.

3 years 10 months ago

I hear Carlos Zambrano is available too.

3 years 10 months ago

I hear Carlos Zambrano is available too.

3 years 10 months ago

I a similar comment at a Marlins beet writer a month or two ago when it was a rumor (around the time of the LoMo thing) and got ripped for it.  It will be fun to watch for fans. Front office will hate it.

mwagner26
3 years 10 months ago

I’m sure that Marlins writer sure knows his vegetables, but perhaps you’ve misspelled something.

3 years 10 months ago

I apologize that I did not pay enough attention to what I was typing on a blog about Ozzie Guillen at 4am (while on a study break) to catch my agregious error. 

CitizenSnips
3 years 10 months ago

Think this league switch will have much of an effect on his swears/9 in post game interviews?

TartanElk
3 years 10 months ago

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL and hah

TartanElk
3 years 10 months ago

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL and hah

Jim Blevins
3 years 10 months ago

i dont get this at all. why in gods name would you make this trade? it makes no sense whatsoever for the marlins. there are far better managers out there to be had.

Jim Blevins
3 years 10 months ago

i dont get this at all. why in gods name would you make this trade? it makes no sense whatsoever for the marlins. there are far better managers out there to be had.

3 years 10 months ago

I highly doubt that they’d give up LoMo for a manager. He’s just too talented. But if it does happen it’d be really interesting.

3 years 10 months ago

I highly doubt that they’d give up LoMo for a manager. He’s just too talented. But if it does happen it’d be really interesting.

3 years 10 months ago

if the fish give up morrison this might be one of the worst trades in MLB history. Not a Knock against Ozzie by any means….as a Marlins fan I think it’d be pretty great to have him as a manager….but at the cost of a fan-favorite? naaa.

As a marlins fan….I’m scared, but not scared of Ozzie

3 years 10 months ago

I’m about 900% sure it won’t be LoMo in the trade….but it will be someone, and a young someone….for a manager.

3 years 10 months ago

I’m about 900% sure it won’t be LoMo in the trade….but it will be someone, and a young someone….for a manager.

3 years 10 months ago

Most baseball people are pretty certain it isn’t Logan Morrison. Well, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus said, “I sure hope nobody in Chicago thinks you are getting Logan Morrison here.”

3 years 10 months ago

Most baseball people are pretty certain it isn’t Logan Morrison. Well, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus said, “I sure hope nobody in Chicago thinks you are getting Logan Morrison here.”

3 years 10 months ago

if the fish give up morrison this might be one of the worst trades in MLB history. Not a Knock against Ozzie by any means….as a Marlins fan I think it’d be pretty great to have him as a manager….but at the cost of a fan-favorite? naaa.

As a marlins fan….I’m scared, but not scared of Ozzie

fearnoevilp23
3 years 10 months ago

Come on LoMo. We need ya buddy!

AJCBE
3 years 10 months ago

Wait ’til he sees the new Marlins logo.

dylanp5030
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, why didn’t they just use Green, Orange, and White.

dylanp5030
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, why didn’t they just use Green, Orange, and White.

3 years 10 months ago

0 sense made

You’ve got this huge problem with your outspoken players yet you want the most unfiltered person in baseball to manage those players?

jwsox
3 years 10 months ago

there is a difference between an out spoken un proven prospect and a proven winning manager who wears his heart on his sleeve