His new contract could come in handy, considering some of the things that tested his patience in Tuesday night's 8-3 loss to Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rookie left-hander John Danks lasted just 2 2/3 innings. Relievers Matt Thornton and Mike MacDougal each issued bases-loaded walks during a three-run sixth inning. And third baseman Andy Gonzalez elected not to throw home to nail a runner, helping Cleveland to a two-run rally that extended its lead to 8-3 after seven innings.
Those shortcomings reinforced Guillen's belief that a revamping of the Sox not be centered on the acquisition of one marquee free agent.
"How long it's going to take to compete, that's another question," Guillen said. "We have to be realistic. I keep saying, 'Are we going to have a club with nice names and superstars and we're not going to perform?' Then we're making it the wrong way.
"The way we look at it is we're looking to have a great ballclub, a pretty good ballclub next year to compete."
In the meantime, the goofy 2007 season continues.
After Uribe cranked a two-run, game-tying homer in the fourth, the Sox didn't get another base runner until Uribe's one-out walk in the seventh.
After rookie Danny Richar doubled, Uribe was stranded at third as fellow rookies Gonzalez and Donny Lucy struck out against reliever Jensen Lewis.
Uribe has 31 walks, more than double his 2006 total of 13 and a number that places him fourth on the team.
But his surge might be too late to convince the Sox to pick up his $5 million option for 2008.
Uribe could be a fallback option if the Sox don't sign a free agent, such as David Eckstein, or make a trade for Pittsburgh's Jack Wilson, for example.
Meanwhile, Cleveland's Ryan Garko continued to dominate the Sox. Garko hit a solo homer off Danks in the second and drew a bases-loaded walk off Thornton.
Garko is batting .357 with three home runs and eight RBIs against the Sox this season.