Latest rumor surprised Ozzie

CHICAGO  — Speculation that the Marlins may have considered Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell to the Red Sox for Carl Crawford surprised manager Ozzie Guillen.

A report in USA Today stated the clubs had conversations, and other reports claim the idea was immediately shot down.

“I just found out today,” Guillen said. “One of my kids asked me about it. I don’t know anything about it. The front office never said anything about it. But the rumors are going to be there, no matter what.”

The Marlins, two games under .500, are in a critical stretch to get back into the playoff picture.

Guillen says performance dictates what direction the front office will go.

“If we’re playing good, I don’t see any reason to trade people,” Guillen said. “But if we don’t play the right way, this is a business. And they can do what they have to do.”

Does the Marlins manager feel any move is imminent?

“Right now, no,” he said. “Not that I know. I got a couple of phone calls from guys from Boston. This morning, I was, ‘What!’ Not yet.”

Guillen doesn’t think Ramirez or Bell or the ballclub should be distracted by trade rumors.

“I don’t think it should be a distraction because when we are in the position we are, there are going to be rumors,” he said. “They’re going to try to add better players J, and we’ve got some good players who can help. But it’s all rumors.”

Joe Frisaro




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