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Cubs will keep scouting director Tim Wilken for 2012

Sep 20, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

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They haven’t hired a new general manager to replace Jim Hendry yet, but the Cubs informed scouting director Tim Wilken that he’ll be retained for next season, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

Wilken sat down recently with owner Tom Ricketts and told Sullivan that “he was very supportive” and “he’s a good man.”

Ricketts recently gave a four-year contract extension to player personnel director Oneri Fleita, leading many to wonder why he’d do that before consulting with the new GM, but Wilken will apparently work on a one-year deal in 2012.

He’s been the Cubs’ scouting director since December of 2005.

UPDATE: Gary Hughes, who was a special assistant to Hendry since 2002 and has a great reputation in the scouting world, has stepped down.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Sep 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    “Hi (insert new GM name here) – welcome to the Cubs! Can I shine those shoes for you? We really should put another finish on your desk, sorry about that. Welp, I signed the 2012 roster and staff, so we’re good to go. Uh…the vending machine’s down the hall…and, yeah! Enjoy!” ~ Tom Ricketts

  2. jimbo1949 - Sep 20, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Chicago Cubs Press Release

    We have come to realize that since all the hirings for 2012 have been already made, Tom Ricketts has decided to reserve the position of General Manager for himself for the foreseeable future. What could possibly go wrong?

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