CHICAGO — Ozzie Guillen met with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf on Monday, but his future as manager is still up in the air.
Guillen said he talked to Reinsdorf for about 30 minutes and made it clear he would like to return, but only for a contract extension for more money. He has one year remaining on his current deal.
“We talked about different things, my future here, what I think about the ballclub, the way we (are) going,” Guillen said. “I left the meeting with nothing.”
Guillen is hopeful the situation will be resolved before he departs for a vacation in Spain after Chicago’s season ends on Wednesday.
“We have two more days to decide what’s going on,” he said. “Nothing was (settled). The problem is not resolved. I told him I don’t like to come here with the same contract I have for next year. I think I earned a little bit more than that.”
He added that he wasn’t disappointed that a decision wasn’t reached during the meeting.
“We didn’t (leave) enough time to let the guy think,” Guillen said before the White Sox hosted the Toronto Blue Jays.
Only Jimmy Dykes and Al Lopez have won more games as White Sox manager than Guillen, who led the club to the World Series title in 2005. Now in his eighth year at the helm, Guillen said he never expected to ride the coattails of that championship forever.
The White Sox were expected to contend for the AL Central title this year, but have struggled to the third sub-.500 finish during Guillen’s tenure. Guillen said he takes responsibility for the disappointing finish, but feels his body of work merits a raise and job security, should the team decide to bring him back.
“I want more money,” he said. “I don’t work here for years. No, I want money. Years what? I’m going to die with the White Sox poor? Hell no. Listen, this is my job. This is the only thing I can do. I have to make money at it somewhere.”
Guillen has been the subject of trade rumors — a rarity for a manager — sending him south to lead the Marlins into a new ballpark in South Florida next season. Guillen said he’s not the source of those rumors.
“Not from me,” he said. “You never hear me talk about that. I never said the Marlins out of my mouth. That’s their problem. If they want me, they should. … I’m good at what I do. Everybody can want me. It’s (another) thing if they can get me.”
Since Guillen has a year left on his current pact, there is the possibility Reinsdorf will order the talkative manager to return for a lame-duck season next year, but he doesn’t expect that to happen.
“I don’t think Jerry is going to make me walk away just like that,” Guillen said. “I don’t think that’s his idea. Jerry wants me here. I want to be here. The thing is, if I’m going to (return). That’s the problem.”
Guillen has a close relationship with Reinsdorf but noted the owner, who also runs the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, has parted ways with more famous employees than him, such as former Bulls coach Phil Jackson.
“Jerry fired me as a player,” Guillen said. “This is a business. Jerry is a businessman with a lot of passion for what he does. Jerry has gotten rid of a few people more important than me.
“Believe me, it’s not easy for me and him to have that type of conversation. It’s very painful. But this is a business. I want to know what’s my status. That’s the only thing I can do in life, is baseball. I make my money out of baseball. It’s hard for me to put this man in that situation.”