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September 27, 2011

Compensation for Ozzie Guillen will be a minor-league pitcher and utility infielder Ozzie Martinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 4:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

A source told MLB.com that the players coming to the White Sox figure to be utility infielder Ozzie Martinez and a Minor League pitcher, after Guillen was released from the one year remaining on his contract per his request to pursue other opportunities.

SS Ozzie Martinez‘ stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2006 18 Marlins GULF Rk FLA 49 194 171 21 45 4 1 1 21 7 4 19 21 .263 .335 .316 .651 54 4 0 3 1 0
2007 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A–A+ FLA 39 131 114 8 21 5 0 0 6 8 2 12 25 .184 .268 .228 .496 26 3 1 4 0 0
2007 19 Jamestown NYPL A- FLA 38 130 114 8 21 5 0 0 6 8 2 11 25 .184 .262 .228 .490 26 3 1 4 0 0
2007 19 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 20 Greensboro SALL A FLA 85 331 304 44 90 11 3 6 29 5 5 13 46 .296 .331 .411 .742 125 12 4 8 2 0
2009 21 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 130 485 433 54 110 16 5 1 45 16 4 41 51 .254 .323 .321 .644 139 15 4 5 2 0
2010 22 Jacksonville SOUL AA FLA 130 587 516 90 156 28 4 5 54 13 9 49 64 .302 .372 .401 .773 207 10 9 11 2 0
2011 23 New Orleans PCL AAA FLA 88 371 339 43 83 15 1 3 26 11 4 21 57 .245 .296 .322 .618 109 9 5 3 3 0
6 Seasons 521 2099 1877 260 505 79 14 16 181 60 28 155 264 .269 .331 .352 .682 660 53 23 34 10 0
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 131 486 433 54 110 16 5 1 45 16 4 42 51 .254 .324 .321 .645 139 15 4 5 2 0
A (1 season) A 85 331 304 44 90 11 3 6 29 5 5 13 46 .296 .331 .411 .742 125 12 4 8 2 0
AA (1 season) AA 130 587 516 90 156 28 4 5 54 13 9 49 64 .302 .372 .401 .773 207 10 9 11 2 0
Rk (1 season) Rk 49 194 171 21 45 4 1 1 21 7 4 19 21 .263 .335 .316 .651 54 4 0 3 1 0
A- (1 season) A- 38 130 114 8 21 5 0 0 6 8 2 11 25 .184 .262 .228 .490 26 3 1 4 0 0
AAA (1 season) AAA 88 371 339 43 83 15 1 3 26 11 4 21 57 .245 .296 .322 .618 109 9 5 3 3 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2011.

John Sickels gave Martinez C+ grade:

7) Osvaldo Martinez, SS, Grade C+:  .230/.286/.306 with 18 walks, 48 strikeouts in 278 at-bats for New Orleans. 3-for-20 in the majors. The bat is going to be a big problem, and he only ranked this high due to the weakness of the system. Baseball America had him fifth.

As I said earlier, could the minor league pitcher be 20-year old Class-A+ prospect LHP Chad James?

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 19 Greensboro SALL A FLA 5 10 .333 5.12 24 24 0 0 0 0 114.1 116 70 65 3 65 0 105 5 0 18 513 1.583 9.1 0.2 5.1 8.3 1.62
2011 20 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 5 15 .250 3.80 27 27 0 0 0 0 149.1 173 77 63 12 51 0 124 2 0 10 650 1.500 10.4 0.7 3.1 7.5 2.43
2 Seasons 10 25 .286 4.37 51 51 0 0 0 0 263.2 289 147 128 15 116 0 229 7 0 28 1163 1.536 9.9 0.5 4.0 7.8 1.97
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/26/2011.

John Sickels had this to say for Chad James:

3) Chad James, LHP, Grade B-   3.89 ERA with 114/47 K/BB in 134 innings for High-A Jupiter, 155 hits, 3-15 record. He hasn’t been awful but is hittable. Young at 20.

Sickels’ grades are from last year. Comments are from his review.

September 26, 2011

Joey Cora to manage the last 2 games. (UPDATE: Maybe not.) Then he’ll go the Marlins

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 11:51 pm
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Then,

UPDATE:

Multiple sources say Ozzie Guillen will be traded to Florida by the time tonight’s game ends

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 7:49 pm
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Joe Cowley:

According to multiple sources, the Sox and Florida Marlins are in the final stages of completing a deal that would send the never-boring Guillen to South Beach, ending his eight-year stay with the club he grew up white as a player and helped guide to a World Series in 2005 as a second-year manager.

The end is expected to become at the conclusion of Monday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field, sources said.

As far as the coaching staff, expect mass changes there as well, all except pitching coach Don Cooper, who according to sources, already has a deal on the table to stay with the organization.

… Sources have indicated, however, that privately Guillen walked away from the meeting knowing his days with the Sox were over, and the talk was more about the details of the split. It was not heated, and if anything, emotional from both sides.

Standard Joe Cowley disclaimer applies.

UPDATE: WSCR reports it too.

Bruce Levine reports that:

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gathered his players before Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays and told them that it would be his final one, according to sources close to the situation.

UPDATE: More on the CSN postgame report.

UPDATE: A couple tweets from the Sox:

UPDATE: Press Release: White Sox release manager Ozzie Guillen from contract.

September 16, 2011

Will Ozzie Guillen decide himself where he ends up?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2011 10:42 pm
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September 15, 2011

Tie goes to Kenny [Williams]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 15, 2011 8:17 pm
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Brett Ballantini:

… If there is a choice, Williams will be safe — every opportunity Reinsdorf has had to choose between coaches and GMs in his past (including the Bulls) indicates that the tie goes to the executive suite.

But there won’t be a choice made. Reinsdorf will deal not ultimatums but urgency — everyone, including the White Sox roster — is getting older. Win now, whatever it takes. Otherwise, the housecleaning that was warranted in 2012 will come in 2013.

Meanwhile, Logan Morrison filed a grievance against the Marlins over his demotion to the minors last month:

“I’m doing this because I’m standing up for what’s right,” Morrison told ESPN.com this week. “If I thought it was because of my performance on the field, then I wouldn’t be filing a grievance.”

So, Guillen for Morrison? NBC Hardtalk’s Matthew Poulliot says such a swap won’t happen:

The funny thing is that if the Marlins made such a trade, it’d be because of Morrison’s big mouth. And there’s maybe just one character in baseball with a bigger mouth than Morrison…

But it’s ridiculous speculation, and it’s never going to happen. Morrison is a 24-year-old with a .263/.354/.457 line and 21 homers in 665 major league at-bats. He’s five seasons away from free agency, and it’s not a stretch to suggest he could be worth $50 million in those five seasons, all while getting paid maybe 60 percent of that. He’s not getting traded for a manager. The end.

Ozzie Guillen’s chances to remain with the Sox down to 10%?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 15, 2011 2:12 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

How rapidly is Ozzie Guillen’s situation deteriorating with the White Sox?

Two weeks ago, a source with knowledge of Guillen’s thinking estimated that the manager was 95 percent certain to return to the White Sox next season.

Over the weekend, the source dropped the odds to 50-50. And on Thursday, he reduced them further, to 10 percent.

The White Sox have not acted on Guillen’s desire for a contract extension. Guillen, meanwhile, was sharply critical of his players after a 6-5 loss to the Tigers in 10 innings on Wednesday night, saying he hasn’t seen “fight.” …

Rosenthal thinks the ‘trade to the Marlins’ would be the obvious solution.

September 14, 2011

The Sox won’t resolve Ozzie Guillen’s situation until after the Marlins have hired a manager says Jayson Stark

Stark @ ESPN:

Who will be managing the White Sox next season? We tossed that question at a baseball source who is tight with team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, and got this succinct reply: “Ozzie Guillen.”

The same source also said, with zero equivocation, that if the Marlins think they can wait this out and then scoop Guillen off the unemployment line this winter, they’d better re-think. Unless the folks in Florida want to trade a big-time player to the South Side, the source said, the White Sox won’t make any move to resolve Guillen’s future until after the Marlins have hired a manager.

Seems like the Sox want to make others think Guillen isn’t going anywhere so they have more leverage in any negotiations that take place. I’m not confident it will work. There is also this nugget:

White Sox officials have been telling people in the game they need to cut payroll next year after going over budget this season. And they also have five starters under contract for next year, even without Buehrle.

So an executive of one team who spoke with the White Sox brass says the only way he sees them making room for Buehrle is if he’s willing to “be creative” about his next contract. AND the club would have to be able to trade one of its current starters — most likely Gavin Floyd. Can all that happen? Of course. But it’s still a lot of hoops for Buehrle and his team to jump through.

I think Buehrle will be “creative.” Maybe a 2-3 year offer would be enough. Sign him Jerry!

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November 15, 2010

Florida Marlins interested in A.J. Pierzynski

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 15, 2010 10:48 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski and Florida have mutual interest, according to the Palm Beach Post. But the Post also stated the $6.75 million salary Pierzynski earned last year could raise caution among Marlins officials, who are contemplating the future of slugger Dan Uggla.

Well, if you give us Mike Stanton we’ll pick up A.J.’s salary. Hey, I think you were interested in Ozzie Guillen. We can throw him in too. How could you say no to that? (more…)

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.

October 11, 2010

Seattle won’t be hiring Joey Cora for manager?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 11, 2010 6:50 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

From early indications, it looks as if Joey Cora will likely be back as bench coach for the Chicago White Sox next season.

According to a major league source, the Seattle Mariners never considered Cora a candidate for their managerial opening and the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t have Ozzie Guillen’s right-hand man on their preliminary list of candidates for their manager opening. …

Cora isn’t in the running for the Florida Marlins manager job either says Padilla.

September 22, 2010

Ozzie Guillen’s way out of the White Sox manager job?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 22, 2010 12:17 pm
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Rosenthal @ FS:

The source even outlined a scenario that could lead to Guillen’s departure from the club:

• Guillen asks for a contract extension, one that goes beyond the team simply exercising his club option for 2012.

• The White Sox balk, and Guillen asks owner Jerry Reinsdorf to allow him to pursue the Marlins’ opening.

Guillen hinted at his desire for an extension in conversations with White Sox beat reporters in Oakland on Tuesday. His option for 2012 would become guaranteed if the White Sox won the AL title next season. …

June 21, 2010

Ken Rosenthal’s White Sox trade rumors

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 21, 2010 7:24 pm
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Rosenthal:

White Sox bullying the NL

The Marlins were one of the teams that inquired on left-hander Matt Thornton during the brief period that the White Sox were in sell mode.

The White Sox said they would not even entertain trading Thornton, and they have now won 11 of their last 12 games, reaching .500 for the first time since April 7. Their run started against the Tigers and continued against feeble NL opponents — the Cubs, Pirates and Nationals.

White Sox starting pitchers are 9-1 with a 1.95 ERA in this stretch. Their ability to contend could be determined by how they fare in their six series leading to the All-Star break. They will be home against the Braves and Cubs, on the road against the Royals and Rangers, home against the Angels and Royals.

If the White Sox end up buyers, their biggest need will be the same as it was in the off-season — a left-handed hitter for the middle of the order.

BTW, here’s Fangraphs Sox trade advice.

May 20, 2010

Ozzie Guillen at the Florida Marlins

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 20, 2010 10:45 pm
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Gonzales:

“The have a very good minor league system and (make) very good trades,” Guillen said. “They make trades, give away one guy and bring seven guys to the organization. At least one of them is going to come out pretty good. They make pretty good trades every year, and they manage the system. Their scouting’s been great, and they take advantage of the fact that people don’t support them. They have excuses because they say they can’t sign this guy, ‘OK I’ll trade you a guy and you give me five.’ You’re always going to have good players. To me, that organization is well done. They do it without money, but most of the time they are right on. When they’re the one with the players, they’re going to ask for a lot, and they always get them.”

Is there a dig at Kenny?

April 15, 2010

Phil Rogers sends Tony La Russa to Chicago and Ozzie Guillen to Florida

Rogers:

The more Ozzie Guillen talks about what he’d do if he wasn’t managing the White Sox, the more I believe that there may be something to the 2011 scenario I proposed during spring training. Tony La Russa, who is in on a one-year deal in St. Louis, comes to the White Sox with the understanding he’ll manage for two or three seasons and then move upstairs as a senior consultant. Fredi Gonzalez moves from Florida to Atlanta to replace the retiring Bobby Cox. Guillen is hired to manage the Marlins, who tap his charisma to help build a buzz before moving into their new stadium in ’12. Guillen lives in Miami and got to know Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria while serving as a coach to Jack McKeon in 2003, when the Fish shocked the Cubs and Yankees to steal a championship. I’d prefer that Guillen could regain his comfort zone at U.S. Cellular and stick around here another 10 years because I believe he is an excellent manager. But his death wish seems to grow by the week, the latest evidence being how far he went out of his way to take a swipe at Manny Acta before Wednesday’s game in Toronto. Silly stuff.

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