Ozzie Guillen was very clear on two fronts Tuesday.
First, that Aaron Poreda is not here to develop, he's here to produce out of the bullpen. And if he doesn't?
"I talked to him and made it real clear, 'If you don't pitch well, you're going to have O'Hare Airport next to you pretty soon,' '' Guillen explained. "I said, 'Did you arrive at Midway or O'Hare?' He said, 'O'Hare.' I said, ''Well, on the way back, Midway is closer.' Because this is to win. I think he can help us, I think our scouting report and our minor-league people said we can count on him to win. It's another good arm in the bullpen. This kid can be used as a long man, against anybody, lefty or righty, and he gives me another good arm in the pen.
"This isn't instructional league. I make it really clear to him, this isn't development. You're going to be treated the same way as everyone else. If you don't do the job, we have Southwest airlines waiting for you to go to Charlotte. That's the only one with nonstop, I already checked.''
As far as Josh Fields wanting some more answers from the organization about his future?
"Oh, you better be careful for what you say and what you wish,'' Guillen said. "It's not my fault that we brought [Gordon] Beckham here. If [general manager] Kenny [Williams] brought Beckham here, it's because Josh Fields was not doing his job. Am I wrong? If you were playing good, I don't think we should have to do that, but I don't think he was playing the way we think he can play. Right now, we're going to give the kid [Beckham] the shot, but I don't call people up, I don't do anything with the minor leagues. He was not doing what he was supposed to do and that's why they called Beckham up. Kenny didn't tell me anything about that.''