Gaston, Guillen bring different assets to table

The manager of the Chicago White Sox in 2004 apparently will be either Cito Gaston or Ozzie Guillen, and general manager Ken Williams is expected to announce his decision some time on Monday.

In a twist to settling on either Gaston or Guillen, Williams might hire both men, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times -- Gaston as manager and Guillen as a manager-in-waiting.

Guillen, however, told the Chicago Tribune that he is not interested in returning to Chicago to be merely a coach.

"I have a great job with the Marlins," Guillen told the Tribune. "My kids are in school here and our family loves it. The only way I'd leave is for the manager's job."

Gaston had a 683-636 record in nine seasons as manager with the Blue Jays, including World Series titles in 1992 and '93. His experience would be a good fit. Gaston would also give the White Sox a manager with name recognition.

Guillen, 20 years younger than the 59-year-old Gaston, is a fan favorite in Chicago, having spent 13 seasons playing shortstop for the White Sox. But Guillen, who retired after the 2000 season, he has no managerial experience. In recent years he has been around managers such as Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, and is currently on Jack McKeon's staff on the World Series champion Marlins.

"Right now I'm pretty positive," Guillen told the Tribune. "But I also have to have my mind prepared for something negative. I have nothing to lose.

"I'm really looking to wear No. 13 again," he said. "I'm ready to help those guys win."

Gaston and Guillen were the only candidates interviewed by White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.