Ozzie Guillen wants to return to baseball as a coach

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Ozzie Guillen hasn’t been around baseball since managing the Marlins to a 69-93 record in 2012, his only season as the club’s skipper. But he says he’s ready to return to baseball and he’s willing to be a coach as Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Guillen says, “I’m not bigger than the game,” referencing that he would be going from manager to coach, a trajectory that doesn’t always sit well with some. Guillen added:

“A lot of people ask me, will you coach again? Yes, I will. No matter for who. I [also] make it clear a lot of times that if I’m going to coach, I prefer to be in Chicago than anywhere else because it’s my hometown.”

As ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon has frequently been linked to the Cubs lately, Guillen said he would love to coach under Maddon if he were to join the Cubs, calling him “a very good baseball man.” The Cubs, unlike many other teams linked to Maddon, have not publicly refuted interest in Maddon. Rick Renteria, in his first season as the Cubs’ manager, led the team to a 73-89 record. He is under contract through the 2016 season.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.