White Sox pick up Ozzie Guillen’s option for 2012

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According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox just held a news conference to announce that they have picked up the 2012 option for manager Ozzie Guillen.

There was some speculation last September that Guillen was on his way out after he said he wanted to know where he stood with the organization. The White Sox decided to keep him on board for the final year of his contract, although chairman Jerry Reinsdorf later acknowledged that the club was willing to trade him to the Marlins if they were willing to part with one player in particular. We later learned that player was likely Logan Morrison, someone the Marlins had no interest in giving up.

Some have speculated that the Marlins would resume courting Guillen after the 2011 season in order to have him usher in the club’s new stadium for 2012, but barring a disaster season, we can probably call off that talk.

Guillen has a 600-535 record (.529) over seven seasons as manager of the White Sox, including a World Series title in 2005.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.