The Florida Marlins officially introduced Ozzie Guillen as the club's manager at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. Guillen and the team agreed to a four-year, $10 million deal, according to an MLB.com report.
Because the Chicago White Sox retained rights to Guillen, who managed that club to a World Series championship in 2005, the Pale Hose received two prospects -- infielder Ozvaldo Martinez and right-handed reliever Jhan Marinez -- from the Marlins.
The hiring of the 47-year-old Guillen breaks a trend by the Marlins organization, which has mostly gone in recent years with candidates without a track record of big-league managing experience. Jack McKeon, the current interim manager who announced he is retiring as manager Monday, was the last candidate to step in having previously guided a big-league club. McKeon, 80, took over the club June 20 after Edwin Rodriguez resigned.
On Nov. 11, the club will officially become the Miami Marlins, and Guillen's move into the manager's seat is the first, and one of the most dynamic, of many changes expected as the team looks to rebuild into a contender. Another significant change will be playing in a new stadium.
One of Guillen's goals will be to get the most out of three-time all-star Hanley Ramirez, who batted a career-low .243 before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. Guillen's influence may do just that.
There was a possibility Guillen could have been the Marlins skipper at the end of last season. However, he was still under contract with the White Sox, so the clubs discussed compensation. There were rumors Guillen would be traded for outfielder Mike Stanton, but they eventually died out.
The White Sox also sought outfielder Logan Morrison, but the Marlins had reservations about giving up such a highly touted young player.
Under Guillen, who brings star power to a youthful franchise, Marlins players can expect to be pushed to their limits. With the club finishing in last place in the National League East division this year, Guillen could make the team a contender again.