8/20 Who’s the next Cubs GM?
The search begins for the next Cubs GM. Among the names being mentioned is White Sox vice president and assistant GM Rick Hahn, who is in his 11th season in the White Sox front office.
“I’ve made no secret about it — Rick Hahn is, to me, one of the most qualified men to assume the position moving forward,” White Sox GM Kenny Williams said Friday. “What [Tom Ricketts] does is his business. He’s a guy that’s had a lot of success in business and in his world, and his world over there is none of my business at this point in time. But if he called for a recommendation on Rick Hahn, I absolutely would give him my highest.”
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen also endorsed Hahn: “Not my department but looking from the outside in, he’s very prepared, he has gone through everything in the system, he knows baseball very well and helped this organization. This man is very prepared. I don’t know if they are going to ask him. I talk to Rick all the time. He knows baseball.”
Some other potential candidates include Blue Jays assistant Tony Lacava, Padres VP of baseball operations Josh Byrnes, Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine, Rangers senior director of player personnel AJ Preller, Mets’ assistant GM John Ricco, Marlins GM Mike Hill and Marlins VP of player personnel Dan Jennings. Byrnes was the D-Backs GM. The Marlins have turned away multiple teams who have tried to lure Hill and Jennings away, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Another name that has been mentioned is Rays GM Andrew Friedman.
“When I played under him in Tampa, I think he was a great GM but that’s probably a biased opinion,” Cubs pitcher Matt Garza said. “He flipped the Tampa team around in two-plus years. We went on a great run in 2008 but it wasn’t like it was a one-year wonder. The following season we had a winning record and last season we won the division once again. This year — I don’t know how he does it but year in and year out, he can put together a bullpen and put together the pieces he needs with the type of market he has. I think he could do great here but that’s a biased opinion.
“I know there’s plenty of great GMs out there who are just drooling for this gig,” Garza said. “I would — I’d want it. I think it’ll be a fun couple months to see who we get and how it goes. I know one thing for sure, I’ll be back here.”
— Carrie Muskat