Ozzie Looks to be Miami-Bound

by Jason Epstein

Reports indicate Ozzie Guillen is in the process of managing his final game for the Chicago White Sox.

According to multiple sources, the Sox and Florida Marlins are in the final stages of completing a deal that will send the never-boring Guillen to South Beach, ending his eight-year stay with the organization he grew up in as a player and helped guide to a World Series in 2005 as a second-year manager.

The end is expected to become at the conclusion of Monday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field, sources said. Sources also said Guillen told his players before the game that it would be his last as Sox manager.

As far as the coaching staff, expect mass changes there, as well, all except pitching coach Don Cooper, who according to sources, already has a deal on the table to stay with the organization.

What Guillen would talk about on the record to reporters on Monday was that he indeed met with board chairman Jerry Reinsdorf earlier in the afternoon at the United Center, and “We talked about it for maybe 30, 35 minutes. I told Jerry to do this meeting back in Mexico because no matter where we do the meeting, people are going to talk and they’re going to put me in this situation we’re in right now. Yes we talked about it. We talked about different things, my future here, how we’re going to do it, what he thinks about the ballclub, what way we’re going. I left the meeting with nothing.’’ . . .

Guillen entered Monday night 677-617 (.523) and was the only Sox manager to lead the franchise to more than one division/league title.

There has been no word yet as to who or what the Marlins would send the Sox as compensation if a deal is consummated.

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