Bell tops candidates for Sox manager job

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox already have a short list of candidates to fill their now vacated manager post.

General manager Kenny Williams said because of “warnings,” the White Sox had narrowed down possible replacements. Ozzie Guillen had been hinting for more than a month that he might not be around after this season and on Monday that news came to fruition.

Guillen will not manage the White Sox's last two games and is expected to be named the Florida Marlins' new manager this week.

High on that prospective manager list is expected to be director of player development Buddy Bell, who has nine years of major-league managerial experience with Detroit, Colorado and Kansas City. Triple-A Charlotte manager Joe McEwing is also expected to get a serious look.

A candidate with an outside shot is Cleveland Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr., who played for the White Sox.

Williams, though, said that to talk about candidates so soon is to take away from the attention that should be afforded to Guillen on his final day with the White Sox.

“We think that we can act swiftly but I think that accompanies a plan of attack to the 2012, '13, '14 season,” Williams said. “But I don’t want to get too far into that. I think that takes away from Ozzie on this day and what he means to the White Sox fans, to baseball fans, and certainly to a lot of people in this room and in our front office.

“I need to respect that and respect in such a way that he needs to be the story tomorrow, not what our future plans are.”