Florida Marlins: Ozzie Guillen to Replace Edwin Rodriguez?

Gabriel SmithContributor IJune 17, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 11: Ozzie Guillen #13 manager of the Chicago White Sox argues a call against the Oakland Athletics on June 11, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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If you thought the Florida Marlins season couldn't go any worse, you were wrong. The Marlins are now dead last in the NL East and appear to be panicking.

During these horrible last two weeks, the Marlins have made tweaks in an attempt to change their luck. Some of those changes consisted of putting Hanley Ramirez in the leadoff spot and even hiring a new hitting coach, but none of these have delivered the desired results.

The final idea that some people are looking into is the firing of Edwin Rodriguez.

At first glance this move may make sense, but if no one decent can replace him, the Marlins would be worse off than they are now.

The only realistic scenario where the Marlins will fire Edwin is if they find an adequate replacement. They believe Ozzie Guillen could be just the right man for the position.

In this past offseason, a trade was discussed between the Marlins and the White Sox. The trade was rather unusual but it was considered heavily on both sides. The trade consisted of Logan Morrison in turn for the managerial services of Ozzie Guillen. This trade never went through because the Marlins were very reluctant to give up LoMo. Even though the trade never happened, the Marlins interest remained intact.

The problem now is the Marlins want to salvage this season, and since Edwin is not showing any results, this leaves the Marlins with two options: Fire Edwin and ride out the season with an interim manager and wait till the offseason to sign Guillen, or trade for him right now.

If the White Sox are still interested, maybe the Marlins could make a deal, but if it isn't possible, the Marlins will have to be patient.

The odds of Ozzie Guillen going to Florida are still rather high. He used to live there and he was part of the Marlins when they won the World Series in 2003, making him a likely candidate to take the reigns of this ball club.

No matter what happens, it's probably best that the Marlins wait until the offseason, but even then there will only be one thing stopping the Marlins from obtaining his services—the White-Sox's desire to keep him.