The Marlins primary managerial target might just be an easier catch than expected from earlier in the season. That's because according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the relationship between White Sox general manager Kenny Williams and manger Ozzie Guillen is "now beyond repair" and the team is getting a feel for managerial candidates.
At the start of the season, Kenny Williams picked up a team option for 2012, an option which required the team win the AL Central so it would automatically be assured.
However it seems as though things have soured and according to the report by Joe Cowley, there have been at "least two known heated blowups between Guillen and Williams".
The White Sox are expected to renew conversation with the Marlins about possible compensation where Florida would receive Guillen via trade in exchange for a player or players. Last offseason, the Marlins approached the White Sox about "talking" to Guillen but they balked and asked for compensation in the way of Logan Morrison, who was recently demoted by the franchise for 10 days for an internal issue relating to a charity event.
When asked by the Chicago Sun-Times about the Marlins again, Guillen had this to say: “This Florida talk, every option is there, but I don’t know if they can do that without getting in trouble by MLB. If they want to try and trade me, there’s all these rumors out there, but maybe I have to accept a trade. If it’s not a situation that’s comfortable for me or for my family, maybe I won’t.’’
But you can bet the Marlins won't trade Morrison if they didn't already try for Guillen last offseason. Possible compensation could be financial or even in the way of a less exclusive player, such as Bryan Petersen or Chris Coghlan.
ESPN Chicago is reporting that Ozzie Guillen wants a contract extension and does not want to return to the White Sox on a one-year deal which could force the White Sox' hand in trying to trade him to the Marlins for some sort of compensation.
Guillen told Doug Padilla that: "After all this bad year, the last thing (Reinsdorf) wants to do is to talk to his manager about a new contract," Guillen said. "I would be embarrassed to talk to him. I'd say, 'Hey, I want a contract.' The first thing he can say is, 'You want a new contract? Look at where you are right now.' I don't want to take that chance yet."
The report states that Guillen wants the issue resolved before he heads off to Spain two days after the White Sox season ends (playoffs or regular season).
This could mean that the Marlins potentially have their new man right after the season ends if the White Sox let him go or might have to wait until after the World Series for any trade.
Marlins Front Office Meeting
The Marlins brain trust will unite in New York on Wednesday to discuss the disappointment of the 2011 season and what lies ahead in 2012 and what changes need to be made.
According to the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer, those expected at the meeting include owner Jeffrey Loria (who has an office in the New York area), general manager Mike Hill, assistant GM Dan Jennings, president David Samson, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, scouting director Jim Fleming and special assistants Tony Perez, Jeff Conine and Andre Dawson.
Owner Jeffrey Loria spoke on TV to Fox Sports reporter Frank Forte and told him that fans will be "very happy" with the team next season and that he will fix the team at its weak points. Loria also pointed out that not having Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez hurt the team this season which in turn put an end to the playoff aspirations of many including the owner himself who was expecting Ramirez to be a NL MVP this season.