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October 29, 2010

The White Sox wanted to trade Ozzie Guillen for Mike Stanton? [UPDATE #3]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 29, 2010 12:04 pm
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DeLuca @ CST: (via MLBTR):

Guillen confirmed before Game 2 of the World Series that after his relationship with general manager Ken Williams reached a boiling point late this summer, the Florida Marlins were granted permission by the White Sox to interview Guillen — their former bench coach — for their vacant managerial job.

According to major-league sources, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was intent on making Guillen his next manager. Talks, sources say, progressed to the point that there was discussion of executing a trade that would send Guillen, who has a year left on his contract, to the Marlins for 20-year-old outfielder Mike Stanton, who hit 22 home runs and knocked in 59 runs in just 100 games as a rookie this season.

After Guillen met with chairman Jerry Reinsdorf late in the season and agreed to return to the Sox in 2011 — but not getting a desired extension — the Marlins talks died, sources say.

To the Sox FO: You don’t get players like Mike Stanton like this. Mike Stanton is worth much much more than Ozzie Guillen.

UPDATE: Marlins sources are denying that they had such talks (MLBTR). And a source told MLB.com that such talks “never happened” too.

UPDATE #2: Mark Gonzales reports a source familiar with the Marlins’ situation confirmed that the Marlins asked for permission to talk to Ozzie, but the Sox wanted player compensation and the Marlins didn’t receive permission.

UPDATE #3: Kenny Williams confirms Gonzales’ story:

According to a high-ranking White Sox source, the Marlins called and inquired about Guillen and the White Sox demanded compensation just to talk with him, with one year still remaining on Guillen’s contract. The two teams never came to an agreement over the compensation, with Stanton not serving as any sort of talking point, so official permission was never given to the Marlins to talk to Guillen.

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2 Comments »

  1. Here’s the key sentence in KW’s response “That’s tampering. All I can say is the report isn’t COMPLETELY accurate.” This leads to the obvious question “Which part of the report is accurate and which part is not?” I would think the following is true (1) the Marlins want Guillen and (2) the Sox will let Guillen go, but only if compensated. The Stanton give-up may be the inaccuracy, but other players may also have been discussed.

    With the Sox need for LHH and Konerko’s possible departure, Florida 1B prospect Logan Morrison would be a wonderful addition. [This would also free up Viciedo as trade bait if he’s no longer Konerko’s replacement – maybe packaged with Escobar? ]. Florida LHP prospect Chad James could also help the Sox down the road.

    Don’t underestimate the questionable decisions people make when they want something/someone really bad. They act first and rationalize later. When Florida opens a new stadium in 2012, Florida owner Jeffrey Loria really wants Guillen there. Loria won’t take the chance that Guillen’s option won’t be exercised by the Sox for the 2012 season. Also, the option automatically vests for 2012 if the Sox win the division.

    A nice by-product of Guillen leaving would be that his worthless son Oney would likely go with him to Florida. Oney taking the vendetta-driven Joe Cowley along with him would be even better.

    Comment by Buford — October 30, 2010 @ October 30, 2010 3:25 am | Reply

    • Don’t underestimate the questionable decisions people make when they want something/someone really bad. They act first and rationalize later. When Florida opens a new stadium in 2012, Florida owner Jeffrey Loria really wants Guillen there. Loria won’t take the chance that Guillen’s option won’t be exercised by the Sox for the 2012 season. Also, the option automatically vests for 2012 if the Sox win the division.

      your ‘don’t underestimate’ comment is so true. one can see it in so many aspects of life. people can make a lot of questionable decisions to get something they think they gotta have.

      A nice by-product of Guillen leaving would be that his worthless son Oney would likely go with him to Florida. Oney taking the vendetta-driven Joe Cowley along with him would be even better.

      oney would be nice. cowley would be awesome!

      Comment by The Wizard — October 30, 2010 @ October 30, 2010 2:03 pm | Reply


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