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.
We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.
Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.
I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.
I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:
Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.