According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald the White Sox initially offered to trade manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins for Logan Morrison before eventually settling for a pair of minor leaguers.
When the Marlins first pursued Guillen last year Morrison was reportedly the asking price as well, but with only one season remaining on Guillen’s contract and the manager clearly no longer wanted in Chicago the White Sox had relatively little leverage in the situation.
In fact, that they still ended up with a pair of decent prospects for Guillen is remarkable work by general manager Ken Williams. And once they acquired Guillen the Marlins ripped up his old contract and signed him to a new four-year, $10 million deal, so it’s not as if trading for him gave them a bargain at manager.
Plus, robbing the world of the chance to see the outspoken, oft-tweeting Morrison managed by the outspoken, oft-tweeting Guillen would have been a real shame.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.