The White Sox have picked up the option year on Ozzie Guillen's contract, keeping the manager in the fold through the 2012 season, tweets Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Guillen's current three-year contract (covering 2009-11) was signed in 2007, and included the option year for 2012 that would've also become guaranteed if Chicago wins the AL Central next season. Guillen just celebrated his 47th birthday yesterday.
Guillen's seven-year tenure as Chicago's manager has had its share of controversy and some notable ups-and-downs with GM Kenny Williams, but Guillen has delievered results on the field. He has a 600-535 record as manager, and ended the club's 88-year World Series drought by bringing home the championship in 2005. The White Sox also won the AL Central in 2008.