Is this the end of an era for Ozzie Guillen?
The Chicago White Sox manager said Tuesday he wants to return in 2012 -- but only if given a contract extension.
During a pregame press conference, Guillen wanted to "make clear" he likely won't stay on without knowing what's next in coming seasons. He has a year left on his contract after this season, but a one-year contract won't cut it, he said, after eight years with the team.
Reports the Associated Press:
As he's said repeatedly, Guillen insisted the decision on whether he will return for a ninth season as Chicago's skipper rests in the hands of owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Kenny Williams.
"I want to be here," Guillen said. "Like I say every day, it's a business. It's up to Jerry and Kenny. If they want me here, I'll be happy to be here. Very happy. If not, it's just not in my hands.
But a source told the Chicago Sun-Times the struggling relationship between Guillen and Williams is "beyond repair."
Sources further told the publication there have been two heated blowups between Guillen and Williams, and rumor has it the White Sox may be glancing around for managerial candidates.
For now at least, it's in the bosses' court.
"There's one thing I know for sure," Guillen said, "they have to pay me in 2012. That's what I know for sure. Somebody has to pay me for 2012, whether I work or not."