Ozzie Guillen is Out as White Sox Manager, Carlos Zambrano Speculation Begins

First, the news: Ozzie Guillen has been relieved of his duties as manager of the Chicago White Sox after a protracted and public contract dispute. Both sides were ready to move on.

It’s a bit of a bummer as a White Sox outsider – Ozzie could certainly piss Cubs fans off, but he was also almost always entertaining. In that regard, he’ll be missed.

For years, Zambrano has been connected in rumors to Ozzie Guillen, primarily because of their friendship. The two are close outside of baseball, both are from Venezuela, and both are outspoken – if unhinged – personalities. It is for that latter reason that many believe Guillen would have been the best manager to “handle” the erratic Zambrano. Now that Guillen is out, though, it’s all academic, right? Maybe not.

Guillen is expected to slide down to Miami to manage the Marlins, in which case the White Sox would get a little compensation (a couple low level prospects, from the sound of things). And that’s where Carlos Zambrano comes in.

Zambrano, suspended by the Cubs in August after he deserted the team, has one year left on his contract, but is not expected to pitch for the Cubs in 2012. Perhaps Zambrano could follow Guillen to Miami.

The Marlins, after all, will be opening a new stadium and looking for a little star power. Zambrano, whose physical gifts may have left him, certainly has a “star” personality, who could help the team draw fans, even if merely for the train wreck phenomenon. And, if the Cubs eat enough of Zambrano’s remaining salary (near $18 million for 2012), he could actually be a productive member of the Miami staff.

For now, there’s not much here other than the convenient connection between Guillen and Zambrano. But, as the offseason goes on, I suspect we’ll be hearing a bit more about Zambrano and the Fish.

 

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

8 responses to “Ozzie Guillen is Out as White Sox Manager, Carlos Zambrano Speculation Begins”

  1. Fishin Phil

    Zambrano could be King of Calle Ocho.  Vaya con Dios Carlos!

  2. die hard

    the stars are aligning perfectly ….if done, how long will it take before one or the other is suspended by the commish?…I’d say by June 15….

  3. Bails17

    Trading Zambrano to the fish for Logan Morrison….sounds good to me!

    1. Jason

      And if we pay all of Zs salary and kick in an extra $10 million, they may actually not laugh at the offer

  4. Mike Foster

    As a Zambrano fan I was hoping to see Carlos pitch for the Cubs in 2012. If he goes to the Marlins it just gives me more incentive to take in a Cubs game…. in Miami. I’ll get way better seats than I can afford in Chicago, and the airfare will be cheaper too.

  5. Deez

    “Match made in Heaven.”
    Regardless of his antics, I’m a Zambrano fan because I think he wanted to win so much that his complete focus was on winning & nothing else. IMO
    Now, the real question is…
    “How much of that $18M are we gonna have to eat & what will we get in return?”

  6. philoe beddoe

    Just read an article about the Marlins looking to dump Ricky Nolasco because of his contract and declining fastball….so it seems unlikely they would take a chance on Z…..

     

    how about that trade? we take Nolasco and his full contract and give them Zambrano and eat much of it….may have to throw in a prospect…which we don’t have…

  7. glen

    Id say the Cubs hire Ozzie as Sandbergs bench coach and Zs personal pitching coach and Mentor and bring in Buerlee as well