Earlier this week, we heard speculation that the Cubs would have Andrew Friedman high on their wishlist to replace Jim Hendry as the club’s General Manager. And now Gordon Wittenmyer has sources confirming that Friedman is on owner Tim Ricketts’ short-list.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is wasting no time gathering information on potential general manager candidates, talking this week to people in and around baseball about current GMs Andrew Friedman of the Tampa Bay Rays and Ned Colletti of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to sources.
Wittenmyer adds that another “long-odds scenario” has the Cubs pursuing Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
One interesting twist in the Cubs GM search is that the Cubs appear to be eyeing Colletti and Cashman with the hopes of landing both a GM and a manager. In the case of Colletti, he would likely hire Ryne Sandberg, according to Wittenmyer. And with Cashman, Ricketts would like to see Joe Girardi join him.
Does that mean the Cubs also view Friedman as a 2-for-1 deal, with hopes that Joe Maddon would join the Cubs following the 2012 season? Maddon has one year left on a three-year contract.
Losing Friedman this winter would be a big blow. But what should really scare the Rays and the fans is if Friedman takes a small army of loyalists with him. That includes members of the front office that could potentially pick up the slack created by Friedman’s absence and the Rays field manager.
Losing Friedman, along with Maddon and a number of front office members is the Rays doomsday scenario. And even if it is still a long-shot, it is realistic enough to scare the hell out of us.