Nothing unexpected here – Jose Guillen’s agent, Adam Katz, indicated tonight that the player will decline his option for 2008. The Mariners can exercise it at $9MM, but then Guillen has the right to void it and forfeit the $500K buyout. That makes sense – at the bare minimum he’s looking at two years and $20MM. More likely he gets three years from some team, despite his mercurial nature. Mercurial is the word most often used to describe Guillen. I’m not kidding – there are 430 Google results for "jose guillen mercurial."
The Mariners may yet give Guillen an extension; he did a solid job.
Anyway, the most entertaining part of all of this comes courtesy of Jim Street’s MLB.com article:
When asked if there was a deadline to terminate the option, Katz snapped, "There is, but I’m a busy man and I don’t have time to look it up."
OK then. Katz is probably occupied trying to find a team to take Sammy Sosa.