Ozzie Guillen wants an extension
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ozzie Guillen wants to stay in Chicago for the long term. He just wants to know as soon as possible if he's wanted.
With rumors swirling that the White Sox manager could be ready to bolt for the Florida Marlins in 2011, Guillen said Wednesday that he just wants a little job security at his current gig. Guillen has one year remaining on his contract with the White Sox plus an extension for 2012 that becomes guaranteed if the team wins the division next season.
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"I don't say I have [to have] a long-term contract, I just want to know what they have on their mind as soon as they can," said Guillen, who has been rumored to be a strong candidate for the Marlins manager opening. "I'm not saying they have to tell me today or tomorrow. But I have a family; I have plans."
What's the rush since winning the division in 2011 would give him two more years with the White Sox?
Blame it on the shifting managerial landscape for one. A number of managerial openings will need to be filled this offseason so it appears that if Guillen can't get the job security he is looking for with his current job, he will try to get it elsewhere.
Guillen expects to have a meeting with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Ken Williams as soon as possible. He hinted that the meeting could even take place before the season ends on Oct. 3.
"I don't want to put Jerry and Kenny on the spot like, 'Wow, this is it,'" Guillen said. "I just want to know what they think and I bet you we will talk about it."
And if he learns that the White Sox still aren't sure he's the right guy for the long term?
"I say when you ask people about your future or whatever it is, you have to be prepared for the worst," Guillen said. "Hopefully not. Sometimes you don't want to hear the truth and sometimes you don't want to hear what they think but I will respect that. I will respect whatever they think. It will be fine for me."
Much has been made of a deteriorating relationship between Guillen and Williams, and that also could hasten his desire to depart.
"I worry about what's my next step and before I make any move my family has to be aware and [told] about it," Guillen said. "That's what I want to know. I want to go home and tell my family, 'Listen, that's what it is.'
"From now on, wherever I go, they're going to be asking me this question. No matter where we go, when we get to Chicago I will be asked the same question. I have to wait to when we get to Chicago or wait after the season to see exactly what we want, or what they want. I know what I want and I'm very clear about that."
Guillen was asked if there is a certain number of years on an extension that would make him happy."It's only about a 10-year contract 10-12 year contract," he said in jest before turning away laughing. "It's like you're a free agent, but when you're a player you have 30 choices. When you're a manager you only have two or three choices and it's a little bit different. You cannot find that many good players. You can find that many good managers."
Guillen admits that there might be better managers out there, but he defies anybody to find anybody that cares more about the White Sox.
"They can bring in the best manager in the history of baseball, the best coaches, because you will find better or worse, but more passion, more love and more respect for this organization, I don't know if there is anybody out there with those qualities," he said, citing the club ties of coaches Greg Walker, Joey Cora and Harold Baines. " I don't know if you're going to find guys out there who care more about this organization. I doubt that. I bet everything I have that [nobody] cares about this organization more than we do."
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.