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Report: Gillick open to job with Cubs

Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 2:18 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Hall of Fame
Pat Gillick is in Cooperstown this weekend to be enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his brilliant career in the front office, specifically building the Blue Jays, Mariners and Phillies into consistent contenders under his watch. Might the Cubs -- a large-market franchise in a state of disarray as things presently stand -- turn to him? There were reports earlier this week that the Cubs were talking with Gillick, but those were summarily shot down when Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued a press release saying he hadn't spoken with Gillick.

If there is interest in Gillick, however, the feeling is reportedly mutual.

"If the situation was right for Pat, he would definitely consider the Cubs," one of his longtime associates told ESPNChicago.com.

The Cubs currently have maligned general manager Jim Hendry at the helm, and they don't even have to fire Hendry to hire Gillick, if that's the direction Ricketts wants to take. Gillick reportedly is interested in a team presidency role, if he leaves his current consulting post with the Phillies. And just because Ricketts said he hasn't spoken with Gillick doesn't mean he's uninterested or won't eventually speak with him.

The Cubs definitely need a change at the top in some form. Despite having one of the largest payrolls in baseball, the Cubs have the second-worst record in the majors -- only fellow NL Central bottom-feeder Houston is worse. If Hendry isn't fired after the season, perhaps bringing in a brilliant mind like Gillick will help build a stronger organizational foundation and prevent crippling contracts in the future.

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