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White Sox release Guillen; Marlins next?

CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been released from his contract to pursue other opportunities.

Guillen met with owner Jerry Reinsdorf for about 30 minutes early Monday. Guillen said he told Reinsdorf he would like to return, but only for a contract extension for more money. He had one year remaining on his current deal.

"We certainly cannot thank Ozzie enough for all he has done during his eight seasons as manager of the Chicago White Sox, highlighted by an unforgettable 2005 World Series championship," Reinsdorf said in a release issued by the team following its 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. "I personally appreciate everything he has done for this organization, our fans and the city of Chicago. We shared the greatest moments together and wish him nothing but future success in baseball and in life."

The White Sox said in the release they retain the right to compensation should Guillen accept a managerial position with another major-league team for the 2012 season. Guillen, who had a 678-617 record during his eight seasons with the White Sox, will not be in uniform for the remaining two games this year.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier Monday that Guillen was close to a managerial deal with the Marlins. Current Marlins manager Jack McKeon announced Monday that he would retire at the end of the season.

"If they want me, they should. ---- it. I'm bad. I'm good at what I do. They should," Guillen said, according to the Sun-Times. "Everybody can want me; it's one thing if they can get me. It's not easy, like 'OK, I want to get you, come here and do it.' No, that's a process. If the Marlins are interested in me, good for them. I'm open to anything."

The Marlins are opening a new ballpark next season and had contacted the White Sox in the past about trading for the manager. Guillen was Florida's third-base coach in 2003 when they won the World Series, and he left for the White Sox the following season, but he maintained a home in Miami.

McKeon decided to retire after this season, ending at age 80 a three-month career comeback. He's the second-oldest manager in major-league history, and he joked he hopes to come back in a few years to surpass Connie Mack, who managed the Philadelphia Athletics until age 87.

-- AP

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