Ozzie Guillen's trade to the Florida Marlins is making noise, similar to how Guillen himself made noise during his eight-year run as manager of the Chicago White Sox.
So, to the Marlins and the city of Miami...get ready.
Guillen, who denied a contract extension by the White Sox to the one-year deal already left, will inject his boisterous and outgoing personality into a team and fan base that was relatively dull this season. Fan attendance averaged about 19,000 while the Marlins' two superstars, shortstop Hanley Ramirez and ace pitcher Josh Johnson, didn't meet expectations.
According to ESPNChicago.com, Guillen will in fact accept the job as Marlins skipper and sign on for four years, after all the hoopla surrounding a premature post of his new position on his Web site.
The move to Miami makes sense. The Marlins get a marquee manager, one that can help market a revenue-challenged team. Guillen, with a sense of humor, can do that. He can appeal to both the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities, the latter making up a significant portion of Miami. And, to top it off, he lives in Golden Beach, Florida.
The White Sox won't be short-changed, however. They got rid of Guillen and all the baggage he packed. At the same time, according to espn.com, the White Sox said in a release that they retain the right to be compensated. In order to fulfill that right, the Marlins will send, or, in essence, trade, two players to Chicago. MLB.com reports the Marlins will ship infielder Osvaldo Martinez and a minor-league player.
No one can say how much Guillen will be appreciated in Florida once his run there is over or what lasting memories there will be. The most prominent memory Guillen leaves with Chicago is leading his team to a 2005 World Series championship, which is only part of what White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf appreciates.
I personally appreciate everything he has done for this organization, our fans and the city of Chicago, Reinsdorf said. We shared the greatest moments together and wish him nothing but future success in baseball and in life.