Guillen should be in good standing with the White Sox. He is a very good in-game manager and players really don’t mind his running diatribes in the media. He and Jerry Reinsdorf are practically blood brothers. He should be fine but he’s available if Ken Williams decides not to take responsibility for a roster overhaul that cost the organization six pitchers (including Clayton Richard and John Ely) and a ton of cash to add three players having limited impact in Jake Peavy, Alex Rios and Juan Pierre.
Unlike the Cubs, the Sox do not have a manager in waiting in their organization. But Tony La Russa is on a year-to-year basis in St. Louis and said in spring training he’d love to work for Reinsdorf again (to be fair, that discussion was about a post-managing career path). If it’s no longer working for Reinsdorf with Guillen, would he want to clear a path for La Russa?
No argument from me on Juan Pierre being a “limited impact” player. But Alex Rios and Jake Peavy? How about replacing them with Mark Teahen Phil?