Report: Guillen headed to Florida Marlins

MIAMI — According to published reports out of Chicago, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is out the door and headed to South Florida to manage the Marlins when they open their new ballpark in April.

The White Sox confirmed late Monday that the team and Guillen have parted ways.

"The White Sox have agreed to Ozzie Guillen's request to be released from his contract, allowing the manager to pursue other opportunities," the White Sox said in a statement.

"I personally appreciate everything Ozzie has done for this organization, our fans and the city of Chicago," White Sox team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. "We shared the greatest moments together and wish him nothing but future success in baseball and in life."

ESPNChicago.com had reported that Guillen was traded to the Marlins for two minor-league players. The Marlins declined comment but did not deny the reports.

Guillen, who was the Marlins' third-base coach during their run to the 2003 World Series and has long been a target of owner Jeffrey Loria, reportedly met with Reinsdorf on Monday and didn't leave happy. Guillen said last month he wouldn't return for the final year of his contract next season unless he received an extension beyond 2012.

Now, it appears the 47-year-old outspoken Venezuelan will be the Marlins next manager — and fourth since 2010. The news came on the same day Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon announced his retirement.

During the seventh inning of Monday's game against the Nationals, several Marlins fans in the crowd at Sun Life Stadium began chanting "Ozzie! Ozzie!"

"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," Guillen told Chicago reporters before the game. "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."

Reinsdorf said in March the Marlins contacted the White Sox about trading for the manager, but the team's couldn't agree on compensation. If the reports are accurate, the Marlins will still likely end up having to send the White Sox a player or cash to acquire Guillen, who remains signed through 2012.

McKeon, who figures to remain as a consultant for the Marlins, said Monday he would have no say in who replaced him. McKeon took over a Marlins team that had lost 10 consecutive games under Edwin Rodriguez and fell from second place into the NL East basement at 32-40 before Rodriguez abruptly resigned.

The Marlins eventually got back to .500 on Aug. 2 in New York but lost second baseman Omar Infante and shortstop Hanley Ramirez to injuries "and the season went downhill from there," McKeon said.

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