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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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Don Cooper is staying with the Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 11:40 pm

Jon Paul Morosi reports it too

Kenny Williams’ shot to Ozzie Guillen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 11:37 pm
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Return in Ozzie Guillen trade probably not Logan Morrison; UPDATE: Return will be two minor leaguers?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 9:12 pm
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Jon Heyman:

Ozzie Guillen is close to becoming the manager of the Marlins.

A deal between the teams is at hand.

… It appears [Logan] Morrison is not part of the current deal.

Maybe 20-year old Class-A+ prospect LHP Chad James?

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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
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UPDATE: Bruce Levine reports that:

Should Guillen take a managerial job with a different organization in 2012, the White Sox retain the right to be compensated. In order to fulfill that right, the Marlins will send two minor leaguers to Chicago, the source said.

Possible replacements for Ozzie Guillen; UPDATE: Quick process?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 9:11 pm
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 Scott Merkin:

… With Guillen gone, general manager Ken Williams embarks on his second managerial hiring process. Possible candidates include Triple-A Charlotte manager Joe McEwing, Minor League director Buddy Bell, Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez, and Cleveland first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. Tony La Russa, a close friend of Reinsdorf and one-time White Sox manager, also has been part of the speculation, but it is not certain whether La Russa will stay with the Cardinals.

Not La Russa. Please.

I nominate Tom Tango as replacement. Hell, he can become the GM too.

UPDATE: Three more names by Mark Gonzales: Jim Fregosi, 69, Braves special assistant. John McLaren, 58, Nationals special assistant. Ryne Sandberg, 52, Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager.


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.

Mark Buehrle wants to play for a couple more years

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 7:48 pm

Scott Merkin:

“Obviously, I’d like to play two or three more years,” said [Mark] Buehrle, speaking in the White Sox dugout before Monday’s series opener with the Blue Jays. “Getting a five-year deal is probably not going to happen. If a one year deal was the only offer, then you got to take it. But I’m looking for a couple more years.

“It’s the first time I’m testing as a free agent, so you kind of go home and wait for the phone to start ringing and go from there. You have a conversation with your agent and your wife and talk it out and see what you want to do.”

During last week’s series in Cleveland, Buehrle told MLB.com that moving to the National League has a certain appeal after working 12 years against the same teams in the American League Central. He also talked about the allure of seeing what another organization is like, with the White Sox being the only one he has ever known.

Numerous decisions remain on the table for the White Sox to make as they move toward 2012, including who will be running their team. With Jake Peavy, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Zach Stewart, Philip Humber and potentially Chris Sale all under team control as part of the rotation, Buehrle could be deemed expendable.

Of course, Buehrle’s high value extends from the pitcher’s mound to the clubhouse, making him a potential mistake to let go.

“I’d like to think so, but they have a business standpoint,” Buehrle said. “Money they spent this year and we didn’t get to where we should have been and what they have out there for next year, and young guys they want to get in the starting rotation. I’d like to think someone is going to miss me around here.

“At the same time, everything’s got to come to an end. You’ve got to move on, whether it’s this year, two years or five years down the road.”

Jerry Reinsdorf gives Ozzie Guillen nothing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 6:42 pm
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Doug Padilla:

On the same day Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon said he would retire after the season, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen met with team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on Monday, and he said he left the meeting with “nothing.”

Guillen’s contract is set to expire after the 2012 season. About a month ago he said he wouldn’t return for the final year of his contract unless he gets an extension.

“We talked about different things, my future here, how we’re going to do it and what we think about the ballclub, what we want, and I left the meeting with nothing,” Guillen said before Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. “We have to wait.

That’s nice. Ozzie is under contract for 1 more year. No need for an extension.

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