The White Sox have just announced at a town meeting that manager Ozzie Guillen's club option for 2012 has been picked up.
The news, as reported by numerous White Sox beat writers, will put to rest a subplot that could have hung over the White Sox's head all season as Guillen would have entered a lame-duck season and with the Marlins salivating for his services.
The option would have become guaranteed with a division title, but GM Kenny Williams decided not to wait for that possibility.
"It is my hope we can get refocused on [the] positive energy of past" with the option being picked up, Williams told the media. He and Guillen were once very close but a contentious 2010 drove a stake between the two, who are in the process of re-establishing their friendship.
Guillen said during the press conference that he has to do better in giving the White Sox a chance at the playoffs and is relieved he will not have to deal with questions about his future for a good while now. He also mentioned that upon informing his wife of the news, she began crying.
"Because she's happy, right?" Williams kidded Guillen.
-- Evan Brunell