Ozzie Guillen was on the radio today, appearing as a guest on ESPN-1000 in Chicago, and made it very clear that he wants to get back into managing as soon as possible.
“I’m a free agent,” Guillen said, via Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago. “I’d like to be back in the game. I’m waiting to see what things [are] going on out there.”
Guillen was asked if he’d like to be the Cubs’ manager and said yes, but then backtracked a bit because he didn’t want to “backstab” current manager Dale Sveum. “There’s 28 teams out there. [If] they need a manager, I’m available.”
Guillen lasted just one season with the Marlins after eight seasons with the White Sox, getting fired by Miami despite having three years and $7.5 million remaining on his contract.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and Cardinals have agreed on a trade involving outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinals will receive two as yet unknown minor leaguers in return.
Piscotty, 26, hit .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Cardinals this past season. He dealt with injuries and with his mother’s ALS diagnosis, so it was a rough year, but very excusably so. The Cardinals had signed him to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension in March. He’s under contract through 2022 at a total of $29.5 million and has a club option for 2023 worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.
The Cardinals had an outfield spot open up after agreeing to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday so the Piscotty trade doesn’t come as a surprise.