Just a day after starting the discussion about the future of the Chicago Cubs’ front office, it has been reported that Chicago Cubs Chairman and owner Tom Ricketts has been meeting with baseball front office legend Pat Gillick. The Hall of Famer has been attached to the Cubs in various rumors over the past few weeks, but now there is a solid report that Gillick has been having discussions with Ricketts.

I’m smiling.

Major league sources have told me that Cubs owner Tom Ricketts has spoken to Pat Gillick as recently as last week.

Gillick is renowned in baseball circles. He has been the General manager of four different teams and has won three World Series. He is also in the Hall Of Fame.

We can only confirm that conversations have been had so don’t jump to conclusions just yet. Also don’t think that Gillick’s potential hiring would automatically be the end for Jim Hendry. Gillick and Hendry have gotten along famously in the past and there is a frame work for a business relationship there. CBS Chicago.

Gillick has said in the recent past that he’s not looking for another GM gig, or even a full-time job, necessarily (he’ll soon be 74). So what exactly would Ricketts and Gillick be discussing?

There have been a handful of radio reports over the past week that suggest these meetings between Ricketts and Gillick are about Gillick serving as a kind of temporary advisor to Tom Ricketts, while he navigates the necessary changes in the front office.

A repeated concern about the transition from a Jim Hendry/Crane Kenney-led front office to something else has been Ricketts’ lack of baseball experience. Sure, he can rely on his business acumen, as well as whatever knowledge of baseball operations he’s picked up over the last year and a half, but on whom can he lean with tough questions in the interview process? I’m told the Cubs are on the verge of significant organizational and structural changes, and who better to help lay those plans than a man who has help construct and run some of the most successful organizations of the past two decades?

Without assuming too much, it’s fair to say that the mere fact that Ricketts is meeting with Gillick is a hugely positive sign that, indeed, Ricketts does know what he’s doing. Even if Gillick doesn’t end up in a stewardship/advisor role with the Cubs, clearly, Ricketts’ head is in the right place.

And that, if for no other reason, is why I’m smiling.

  • Fishin Phil

    *Fishin Phil drops to knees and begins praying* Please, please, please, please……

  • David

    Only my 2nd post on here Ace, but have been an avid reader for a year. This is great great news!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, and agreed.

  • die hard

    Just picking Pats brain while Hendry is picking his own nose…nothing to rumors

    • Serio

      I agree with John Mcclane nothing to rumor….so far.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Even if that’s all this is – Ricketts picking Gillick’s brain – that, alone, is good news. Don’t you agree?

      • Serio

        Do you think Gillick would keep Hendry on?

  • Vince

    The sooner’ the better, Cub fan’s deserve the best management possible.

  • Toosh

    “don’t think that Gillick’s potential hiring would automatically be the end for Jim Hendry”. Oh, oh.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah, it concerned me a *tiny* bit, but I read that as mere hedging. Media types (and me, too, I suppose) don’t like to make bold assertions without leaving themselves some wiggle room. My guess is the writer knew the implication of what he was reporting (that there were going to be MAJOR changes in the front office), and wanted to leave some wiggle room if, by some black magic, Hendry is still around in some capacity in 2012.

  • dreese

    I have been so optomistic since you came out with the long article on the Ricketts, Brett and now I am finally seeing something to back up my faith that Ricketts knows what hes doing… a small something but something.

    I believe in Ricketts!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      …and you believe in me. :)

  • Jerry McClellan

    If this is true, I like what I am reading.

  • pfk

    I’ve been saying all along that Ricketts isn’t stupid and has, in fact, already made excellent and significant changes. I’m sure there are bunch of other discussions going on behind the scenes of which we are unaware. I don’t blame him a bit for wanting to get more comfortable with the organization before making the most important decision he will make other than buying the team. This decision will impact this organization greatly and will be given a long time to see if it works. So, if bad people are brought in then we’ll suffer at least another 7 years before new management will be brought in. I’m jazzed about the prospect of an owner who knows the value of a plan and how to go about executing it professionally.

    • MichiganGoat

      Yup, it’s nice to know he’s not being reactionary and taking this year to evaluate and plan.

    • Keith

      I most definitely am in agreement

  • Jim Hendry

    This comes to news as me as well. I had to take a week off because I injured my neck when my doctor removed my head from my butt. Good news, the surgery was a success! He said I could get back to my every day activities, which is nice because I currently have 1 finger up my nose :) Also, I thought what other way to jump back into regularity than to announce the 6 year extension of Alfonso Soriano…don’t worry he has a full no-trade clause included so he won’t be going anywhere for a while!

  • Brett

    Ricketts has denied the talks. More on that tomorrow.

    • Fishin Phil


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