Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been let out of his contract after resigning from the team. Guillen’s contract was set to expire at the end of the 2012 season although last month he said he wouldn’t return for his final year if a contract extension was given.
Speaking about the decision chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said:
“We certainly cannot thank Ozzie enough for all he has done during his eight seasons as manager of the Chicago White Sox, highlighted by an unforgettable 2005 World Series championship.” Reinsdorf went on to add,”I personally appreciate everything he has done for this organization, our fans and the city of Chicago. We shared the greatest moments together and wish him nothing but future success in baseball and in life.”
Now that he’s leaving the White Sox Guillen will join the Florida Marlins in a managerial position.
The Chicago White Sox will likely benefit from Guillen’s decision, under terms of his contract the team is to be compensated if he takes a managerial job with another club before the end of the 2012 season. According to various reports the Marlins will send two minor league players to Chicago in exchange for cash.
The decision to leave the club comes after Reinsdorf and Guillen held a meeting on Monday in which Guillen said “nothing” was decided, he later added:
“We talked about different things, my future here, how we’re going to do it and what we think about the ballclub, what we want, and I left the meeting with nothing,” adding, “We have to wait.
“I showed him how I feel, the way I always do. He talked to me about how he feels about me, myself, my family, the team and the organization. But I left there — I’m not going to say empty-handed — because I left there with my ideas. I left there with what I want (to say), what I should do, and that’s it.”
The White Sox have had a less than stellar season falling to below .500 for the third time under Guillen’s managerial tenure.