Ozzie Guillen still hasn't received any assurances he'll return for a second season as Miami Marlins manager, but sources close to the combative skipper say he's "not too worried about it" either way.
As the Marlins open their final homestand of a tremendously disappointing season tonight against the Phillies, there had been some thought that perhaps Guillen's four-year contract included an out clause of some kind that would protect the Marlins from having to pay out the $7.5 million that remains.
Maybe some sort of clause penalizing him for "comments detrimental to the organization."
Not so, said two of Guillen's friends in the game.
In fact, despite daily speculation swirling around the team that includes Guillen's job status, one source said the 48-year-old has "peace of mind" about his situation.
"That's what four-year contracts give you," the source said.
The same source hinted there's a "lot more going on" inside Marlins Park than just a decision on the manager.
That could include changes to the front-office structure as well as the coaching staff.
One name to keep in mind is veteran hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, fired in June by the Cubs as he completed a three-year, $2.42 million contract that made him the highest-paid hitting coach in baseball history.
Guillen has spokenly openly this season about his respect for Jaramillo, who previously rose to prominence in the Rangers organization and is a member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.
Eduardo Perez, son of Marlins special assistant and baseball Hall of Famer Tony Perez, currently holds the position, but the injury-marred Marlins are 28th out of 30 big-league teams in runs.
Their on-base percentage (.307) ranks 26th in the majors and they are 25th in slugging (.382).
Jaramillo, however, would likely have to take a steep pay cut to work for the Marlins, whose coaches are traditionally paid near the bottom of the big-league scale.
"No one has any idea what they're thinking," one source said of the Marlins drama. "So it's just wait and see."