No one wants to play for Ozzie Guillen and Ozzie Guillen doesn't care

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Ozzie Guillen was voted as the manager for whom players would least like to play:

In an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, 26 percent of major
leaguers polled voted for the combustible Piniella, followed by Guillen
at 21 percent. St. Louis’ Tony LaRussa was next at 10 percent, followed
by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joe Torre and Cleveland’s Eric Wedge at
four percent apiece.

Ozzie, predictably, does not care one iota:

“Tony was No. 3 and he’s won a couple titles. Looks like players
picked old-school guys. Maybe they don’t like old school, don’t like to
be told what to do. It doesn’t bother me. If 59 percent of my players
say they like me, that’s good enough for me.”

No, Ozzie, they didn’t just pick old school guys. Bobby Cox is old
school and he isn’t on the list. Neither is Charlie Manuel. To me it
looks like they picked guys who routinely get into public feuds with
their own players, create a circus-like atmosphere and throw people
under the bus after they’ve left the team.

Perhaps there’s a lesson in there somewhere, but I’m guessing that Ozzie Guillen doesn’t care about that either.

Report: Mariners acquire Chris Heston from the Giants

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.

Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.

Joe Nathan wants to pitch in 2017

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 16: Joe Nathan #36 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the ninth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park on August 16, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Mariners 4-2.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Joe Nathan‘s agent, David Pepe, says his client wants to pitch in 2017, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Pepe said.

Nathan, 42, came back from Tommy John surgery in July, pitching two scoreless innings for the Cubs with four strikeouts and two walks. The Cubs released him and the Giants picked him up, and Nathan went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with five strikeouts and two walks.

According to FanGraphs, Nathan’s velocity wasn’t where it used to be, which is to be expected of a pitcher in his 40’s coming back from major elbow surgery. Still, with teams always on the hunt for bullpen depth, it would be shocking if Nathan didn’t get any bites before spring training starts.