How rapidly is Ozzie Guillen’s situation deteriorating with the White Sox?
Two weeks ago, a source with knowledge of Guillen’s thinking estimated that the manager was 95 percent certain to return to the White Sox next season.
Over the weekend, the source dropped the odds to 50-50. And on Thursday, he reduced them further, to 10 percent.
The White Sox have not acted on Guillen’s desire for a contract extension. Guillen, meanwhile, was sharply critical of his players after a 6-5 loss to the Tigers in 10 innings on Wednesday night, saying he hasn’t seen “fight.”
“Hell no,” Guillen said. “Their fight left three days ago.”
Guillen’s issues, though, are not just with his players. His relationship with general manager Ken Williams again appears unsalvageable, the source said.
Williams accepted responsibility for the White Sox’s disappointing season on July 25, saying, “At the end of the day, I’m the one that puts everyone in uniform and I will fall on the sword.”
Guillen, however, is the self-proclaimed face of the franchise, the one who meets with the media twice daily. He is “taking all the heat,” the source said, and finds the situation “draining.”
The solution is obvious: While Guillen is under contract to the White Sox for next season, the Marlins’ desire to hire him as they open a their new ballpark is perhaps the worst-kept secret in baseball.
If the White Sox do not fire Guillen, the only way he could leave for the Marlins would be if the teams made a trade – an option the Marlins pursued last off-season and would consider again, according to published reports.
— Ken Rosenthal