White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is out the door in Chicago and headed to South Florida -- according to ESPN -- to manage the Marlins when they open their new ballpark in April.
Guillen, who was the Marlins' third base coach during their run to the 2003 World Series and has long been rumored a target of owner Jeffrey Loria, was released from his contract with the White Sox late Monday night after meeting with team chariman Jerry Reinsdorf. The White Sox confirmed that late Monday night.
The unconfirmed part by the Marlins -- what ESPNChicago reported -- that Guillen was traded to the Marlins for two minor league players. The Marlins have declined comment, but have not denied the reports.
Guillen said last month he wouldn't return for the final year of his contract next season unless he received an extension beyond 2012. Guillen's news comes on the same day Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon announced his retirement.
"We talked about different things, my future here, how we're going to do it and what we think about the ballclub, what we want, and I left the meeting with nothing," Guillen told Chicago reporters before the game. "We have to wait.
"I showed him how I feel, the way I always do. He talked to me about how he feels about me, myself, my family, the team and the organization. But I left there -- I'm not going to say empty-handed -- because I left there with my ideas. I left there with what I want [to say], what I should do, and that's it."
Reinsdorf said in March the Marlins contacted the White Sox about trading for the manager, but the team's couldn't agree to compensation. The Marlins will still likely end up having to send the White Sox a player or cash to acquire Guillen, who remains signed through 2012.
"You never hear me talk about [the Marlins]," Guillen said Monday. "I never say the word 'Marlins' out of my mouth, no. That's their problem.
"If they want me, they should. [Expletive] it. I'm bad. I'm good at what I do. They should. 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."
Guillen is believed to be in line to make around $2 million next season with the White Sox. The team was expected to contend for the AL Central title this year, but has struggled to the third sub-.500 finish during Guillen's eight-year tenure.
Guillen led the White Sox to the World Series in 2005 and has a record of 677-617. In 2003, he served as McKeon's third base coach on a Marlins team that rallied to win the NL Wild Card and then the World Series in six games against the Yankees.