Guillen tired of extension talk

Ozzie Guillen’s future as manager of the Chicago White Sox was

unclear Friday as the team began its final homestand of a

disappointing season.

Guillen’s quest for a contract extension beyond the year he has

left in 2012 and his fractured relationship with general manager

Ken Williams could mean the end of his colorful eight-year run. Or

maybe not.

Asked if he were the owner would he would give himself an

extension, Guillen was his usual honest self:

”No,” he said.

So why seek one?

”Wait a minute, Obama asked for an extension, I should ask for

one. Obama is asking right now for four more years. I think you

always knock on the door to see what you get. That’s all you did. I

don’t say they have to or they don’t, but my job is make sure to

ask,” Guillen said.

And the talk of the extension has grown old for the always

talkative manager, who first raised the issue last month.

”I’m tired of this … all day, every day. People, everywhere I

go, they ask me the same questions, and they got mad at me because

I answer. Right now I’m at the point like ‘Hey man, whatever it is,

it is.’ If I’m back here, good. If I’m not, good. That’s the way it

is. Whatever happens, happens.”

Guillen said the decision by owner Jerry Reinsdorf would be the

one that’s best for the White Sox.

”It’s not Ozzie. It’s not Jerry. It’s going to be for the good

of this organization and that’s the way it should be,” Guillen

said.

Williams said Friday he’s listening to everything that is going

on. Asked if he, Reinsdorf and Guillen would sit down and hash

things out, he said he preferred that all be kept out of the

spotlight.

”We’d rather do it in private. Whether or not we have plans to

sit down, when, where, how, what the ultimate result is going to

be, that all is speculation that is dangerous and unnecessary,”

Williams said.

”I know it hasn’t been exactly private, but I think everybody’s

better served if it is,” he added. ”It’s just a more respectful

way to do business.”

Much was expected of the White Sox and their approximately $127

million payroll this season. But poor performances by players like

Adam Dunn – who got a four-year $56 million deal and is batting

.164 with six games left – and Alex Rios have dropped Chicago into

third place in the AL Central.

”I wouldn’t expect that we add, I wouldn’t even expect that we

stay the same. I would expect that we might have to trim a little

bit,” Williams said of the payroll. ”The decision hasn’t been

made. I said the same thing last year.”

Guillen said there is plenty of blame to share for what has

happened this season.

”People want to ask about what went wrong. Everything went

wrong,” he said, adding it wasn’t the fault of just a handful of

underachieving players.

”I’m a big part of that. My coaches, myself, players,”’ he

said.