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White Sox cut loose manager Guillen
Guillen has managed the White Sox since 2004 and was under contract with them for next season, which is why the team is entitled to compensation. The White Sox will receive two players from the Marlins, another source said, but not left fielder Logan Morrison, the player whom the White Sox requested in trade discussions last off-season, or "anything close to that."
Guillen’s departure from Chicago became more likely in recent months, as animus continued to fester in his relationship with general manager Kenny Williams.
The Marlins conducted three managerial interviews Monday in order to comply with Major League Baseball regulations on considering minority candidates, the source said. But Guillen has been viewed for some time as the top choice of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who is seeking to generate buzz for his team before moving into a new ballpark next year.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Guillen may have jumped the gun a bit posting on his mlb.com blog at 10:54 p.m. Monday that he was excited over joining the Marlins. The post was pulled down quickly, but it is unclear how long it was visible. The time stamp at the bottom read "September 27 at 2:28 a.m."
It happened as recently as 2002, when Seattle received outfielder Randy Winn from Tampa Bay for Lou Piniella. The trade went into the books as Winn for infielder Antonio Perez, but it was a one-sided deal that served as compensation for the Mariners granting permission to the then-Devil Rays to negotiate with Piniella.
Once Guillen’s contract with the Marlins is finalized, the focus will shift to the search for his successor in Chicago.
White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, who is expected to be heavily involved in choosing the new manager, is known to be an admirer of current St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
White Sox bench coach Joey Cora, a close confidante of Guillen, isn’t a candidate to become the next Chicago manager. Cora was scheduled to serve as Chicago’s interim manager for the final two days of the season but was abruptly let go before Tuesday’s game. Pitching coach Don Cooper will instead serve as the interim manager.
The White Sox announced Tuesday that they have agreed to multiyear contract extensions with Cooper and first base coach Harold Baines. The continued presence of Cooper in Chicago may make it more difficult for the White Sox to woo La Russa, who has had the same pitching coach — the respected Dave Duncan — in his last three managerial stops.
Williams told reporters Tuesday that White Sox player development director Buddy Bell will not be a candidate for the managerial opening. Bell previously managed the Tigers, Rockies and Royals.
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