While the Sox struggle to keep their playoff hopes above water, the topic of conversation around US Cellular Field these days is Ozzie Guillen’s contract status. Scheduled to be the club’s skipper through 2012 (an option Jerry Reinsdorf picked up in January), the 2005 AL Manager of the Year is looking for the organization to step up and make him a long term commitment.
Speaking to the Chicago Tribune before yesterday’s win, Ozzie claimed if he doesn’t get an extension he might not be on the southside next year:
“If (the Sox) want me, I’ll be more than happy to be here. But if they don’t, it’s not in my hands.
“I’m tied up with them for another (year), but that doesn’t mean I have to come back. That’s up to them. The one thing I make clear, I don’t think I’m going to be back here for a one-year contract.”
But the man with a career .524 winning percentage knows now might not be the time to bug the owner:
“If I said I want to meet with Jerry tomorrow, that’s no respect to the owner and no respect to the organization. The first thing he would say would be, ‘Shut up and keep managing, win some games.’ That’s why I’m not going to put my decision in that spot. I want to wait and see what happens. Hopefully a great thing happens.”
Where could Guillen end up? Rumors are circulating that the Florida Marlins are willing to offer him four year contract to bring him back to the Sunshine State.