- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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MESA, Ariz. -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen refused to get too caught up in conversation about whether or not he would ever manage the Cubs.
“As long as Jerry Reinsdorf owns the White Sox, I’m here if they want me,” Guillen said.
Guillen had to answer numerous questions about the Cubs in his pregame conversation. The White Sox manager said that Cubs manager Lou Piniella should have a more relaxed season in 2010.
“One of his biggest headaches left; that makes his life a little easier,” Guillen said, alluding to Milton Bradley, now residing in Seattle after a trade that sent him to the Mariners for right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva.
Guillen was extremely pleased with Carlos Quentin’s game against the Cubs, which included two long home runs off the aforementioned Silva.
“The fun was watching Carlos swing the bat the way he did today,” Guillen said. “Seeing the kids playing similar and having the kind of at-bats that they had was also good to see.”
The manager was impressed with Daniel Hudson’s three innings on the mound as well.
“Hudson threw the ball really well,” Guillen said. “When you win games, everything is positive.”
Outfielder Andruw Jones had two hits in three at-bats. His day also included a stolen base.
“I said yesterday he’s [Jones] not going to make it tougher for us, he’s going to make it easier,” Guillen said, alluding to Jones pushing the other outfielders for a starting position. “If he continues to play like that, and [Mark] Kotsay continues to play like that, we’ll find playing time for them.”
Guillen said that he’s not concerned about the the health of Alex Rios’ sore shoulder.
“He’s fine,” Guillen said. “We have the MRI. He’s just a little out of shape.”
Although Cubs manager Lou Piniella will not be attending the Cubs-White Sox games in Las Vegas on March 12 and 13, Guillen said he wants to go visit old friends who reside in Sin City, where he played as a minor leaguer in the Padres’ system before being traded to the White Sox.
Ozzie Guillen thinks his Cubs counterpart will have a much easier season this year.