Guillen might be interested in Cubs job

  • Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen Associated Press

Updated 2/8/2011 10:37 AM

Was that a pig flying past your window Saturday night?

Nope, just Ozzie Guillen again talking to reporters about his future before the White Sox beat the Angels 6-2 to assure themselves of a winning season.


It's been a familiar topic all week, even though Guillen is signed through next season with a club option for 2012.

Apparently, Guillen wants even more security and is prepared to walk if Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf doesn't guarantee anything past next year.

Here's the pig part - Guillen said he might be interested if the rival Cubs approached him about their managerial vacancy.

"If Jerry doesn't want me, yes," Guillen told reporters. "My position was I would never sign with another place and leave the White Sox for the Cubs because of the respect for Jerry. But if Jerry is leaving me? I'm not leaving them; they are leaving me. Then, I have a choice to make.

"Everything is out there. As soon as you get divorced, you are free to do whatever you want. Yes, I will, not because I say I'm going there (Cubs), but because they (White Sox) don't want me. Before I say it, I'm not going to leave this place just to punch you guys in the nose. But if you don't want me and someone else wants me, I have to make the decision."

Sox general manager Kenny Williams told the Daily Herald late last month that he wants Guillen and the rest of the coaching staff back next season and beyond. He reiterated that point Saturday on WMVP 1000-AM.

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"I hope so," Williams said. "And I know there will be some people out there who may be surprised by that. Ozzie and I have talked about this countless times, and the most bothersome thing is just about everything that's been reported that I have said or done have been lies and divisive. Including (Friday), where it was reported that during an argument I said, 'You're done, you're done,' to him. That's absolutely false.

"If I ever get to that point, that's the time to say, 'You are gone.' And then there's a press conference. There's no ambiguity to the way I manage this baseball team. It's direct and honest."

How this all plays out remains to be seen, but the Sox did manage to win their 82nd game of the season Saturday behind a strong outing from starting pitcher John Danks.

"I think John has worked very hard to be where he wants to be," Guillen said. "This kid is very special. He's a real bulldog."

Danks gave up 2 runs in the first inning and cruised before leaving after the eighth inning.

"Early in the game, he couldn't find the plate," Guillen said. "After that he threw the ball very well."


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