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Report: Pat Gillick “would definitely consider the Cubs”

Jul 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

Pat Gillick

Earlier this week Chicago radio station WSCR-670 (and later the Chicago Tribune) reported that the Cubs had talked to Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick about taking a potential role with the team.

The next day Cubs president Tom Ricketts denied having any talks with Gillick, saying: “Reports of a conversation are unfounded.”

And now Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago quotes “one of his longtime associates” as saying that Gillick “would definitely consider the Cubs … if the situation was right for Pat.”

So, to recap: One report said the Cubs had talked to Gillick, the Cubs said they hadn’t talked to Gillick, and now someone who’s worked with him in the past thinks the Cubs should talk to Gillick.

As for Gillick himself, he told the Chicago Sun-Times that he’d be open to potentially leaving his consulting job with the Philllies for “something in a presidency role” elsewhere and “if something came up where it would be above the GM position, I would think about it.”

Gillick is 74 years old and last served as a GM with the Phillies in 2008, but the Cubs seem ready to part with longtime GM Jim Hendry and they could certainly do a lot worse than turning to Gillick even if he’s realistically a short-term solution.

  1. SmackSaw - Jul 22, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Stand Pat? Perfect!

  2. Jonny 5 - Jul 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Man I’d be done at this point I think. How are you Pat Gillick and not be the GM as well? Seriously who could be GM with Pat Gillick as president. You’d have an overworked Gillick and a GM with sore neck muscles from nodding “yes sir” to Gillick daily.

  3. Panda Claus - Jul 22, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Can the Cubs possibly look past this golden opportunity to land the Golden GM?

    Everyone knows Hendry’s likely gone anyway and now Gillick sounds like he’s angling for the gig. It might be too difficult to throw this chance away (from the Cubs’ perspective).

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