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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Ozzie Guillen 'confused' by trade talk

By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com

Raise the warning flags now. If Ozzie Guillen's latest MLB.com blog post is any indication, there is potential for another season of drawn-out drama between the Chicago White Sox and their manager.

Ozzie Guillen Even though I've never considered myself untradeable like Michael Jordan, I never really thought the White Sox would consider trading me for anything.

-- Ozzie Guillen

In a Chicago Sun-Times report last week, Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said he would have traded Guillen to the Florida Marlins for a player, but Reinsdorf said he picked a player he knew the Marlins wouldn't trade. Reinsdorf said the only untradeable person who's ever worked for him was Michael Jordan.

Guillen responded in his his sporadically updated blog that one of his emotions was extreme uncertainty.

"When I first heard of [the Marlins' interest], I felt very proud," wrote Guillen, who is entering the final year of a three-year deal with the White Sox. "It's always good to feel wanted.

"When you're a coach, you never think of your name being mentioned in a trade with some of the best future players in the game. At the same time, I felt very confused. Even though I've never considered myself untradeable like Michael Jordan, I never really thought the White Sox would consider trading me for anything."

Guillen and Reinsdorf have shared what has been considered a father-son bond. If that's accurate, then this seems to be some tough love being offered by Reinsdorf.

Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams had a well-reported rift last season. Chief among their clashes was an incident in spring training when the team objected to Guillen's son, Oney, posting Twitter messages about the team. Guillen was upset that the incident led to Oney leaving his lower-level position with the club.

Guillen and Williams talked out their differences during the last homestand of the 2010 season, but Guillen has since said that while things are better, the relationship isn't what it once was.

A team option does remain on Guillen's contract for 2012, although the club has made no indication it is planning to exercise it any time soon.

That leaves Guillen with a general manager he has been at odds with, an owner/father figure who considered sending him on his way, and no commitment from his team beyond this year. Then there is the obvious: that the Marlins have major interest and will be opening a new stadium in 2012.

And oh yeah, Guillen has a home in the South Florida area, although he is making an effort to spend more time in Chicago this winter.

"As far as I'm concerned, I am still proud to continue to work for the White Sox, and I will continue to do so with the same work ethic, attitude and passion I always have," Guillen wrote in conclusion.