The Marlins traded two minor leaguers to the White Sox to make Ozzie Guillen their manager and gave their new skipper a four-year, $10 million contract. Now, just one year into the deal, they could be in for a messy divorce.
FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are considering canning the controversial Guillen and replacing him with a first-time manager, such as Mike Lowell, Bo Porter or Brad Ausmus.
It’d be ironic if Lowell replaced Guillen in Miami so soon after Robin Ventura took over for him in Chicago. The two have practically the same credentials: both were All-Star third baseman, both spent the bulk of their careers with the team they’d be managing and both had no managing experience prior to being considered.
Miami’s shakeup would follow a very disappointing season in which they were expected to contend for the NL East crown. Instead, they’re currently in last place in the division with a 66-84 record. It was reported Thursday by USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale that the team would fire club president Larry Beinfest.
The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.
Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.
While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.