Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen on chopping block? 0
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has made several comments recently about his job safety and others around him. (Joe Skipper/Reuters/Files)
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reportedly plans to cut payroll by as much as $25 million next season and there's speculation manager Ozzie Guillen may be on the chopping block, too.
Loria is angry with Guillen after being "called out" by the manager last Friday, the Palm Beach Post reported Monday.
If Jeffrey doesn't think I'm doing the job I should do ... it's not the first time he's fired a manager," Guillen said. "Look yourself in the mirror and ask why so many (expletive) managers come through here."
The Marlins have had six managers since 2002.
Guillen also said the Marlins have failed this season at all levels -- including himself as manager, the coaches, the front office and the players.
A source said there was a 75% chance of Guillen being fired.
The Miami Herald says Loria intends to "scale back in 2013" by $15 million to $25 million in payroll.
Loria, meanwhile, responded Monday to criticism from former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, now with the Atlanta Braves.
"There's not a manager dead or alive that Jeffrey (Loria) thinks is good enough," Gonzalez told the Herald.
Replied Loria: "I'm a little surprised because (the criticism) is classless -- and you can quote me -- especially because he (Gonzalez) was with us for five years and he was a colossal failure. Not nice. Not nice."
On another front, reliever Heath Bell criticized Guillen during a radio interview Monday, saying: "It's hard to respect a guy (who) doesn't tell you the truth or doesn't tell you face-to-face."
Bell lost his job as Marlins closer early in the season and was miffed that he didn't get a chance to win it back.