Cubs Interested In Friedman, Colletti, Cashman

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has been gathering information about Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. The Cubs, who are on the hunt for a new general manager, also appear to have interest in Rick Hahn of the White Sox and Josh Byrnes of the Padres.

The Cubs are drawn to Colletti, a Chicago native and former Cubs employee, since they believe he could bring Hall of Fame second baseman turned minor league manager Ryne Sandberg back as the team’s Major League skipper. Sandberg has said he’d return to the Cubs now that former GM Jim Hendry has been fired, according to Wittenmyer.

Ricketts has also discussed the possibility of trying to lure Yankees GM Brian Cashman to Chicago along with New York manager Joe Girardi. Cashman’s contract expires after the season, but Girardi, a Peoria, Illinois native, is under contract with the Yankees through 2013.

Wittenmyer hears from associates of Friedman that the Rays executive isn’t likely to leave Tampa Bay for Chicago.

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  1. Bones 4 years ago

    The best news I have heard yet. They want Sandberg as the coach. I do believe the Rickett family is starting to move in the right direction.

    • Isaac 4 years ago

      Don’t get your hopes up it is the Ricketts were talking about

      • But it is also the Ricketts that fired Hendry, so I do think that shows some commitment to making the team better. Not to mention all the stadium renovations, the increase in money to sign draft picks and international players, and his most recent tour of all the Cubs minor league facilities and demanding upgrades. I think it took the Ricketts a little time to evaluate what they had, and being the good businessmen that they are, are starting to take action and fix this troubled franchise.

        • jwsox 4 years ago

          Stadium renovations that won’t happen because he is asking the city to pay to fix his ball park.

          • BlueCatuli 4 years ago

            Guess where the financing for The Cell came from.

        • jwsox 4 years ago

          But its also ricketts who didn’t hire/ allowed hendry to not hire sandberg so there might be bad blood there. Remember ricketts is the biggest fanboy this city has seen. He even sat in the bleechers once.

  2. jwredsox 4 years ago


    • gunsnascar 4 years ago

      the yanks will always give the redsox fits more than the rays anyway
      so you ought to be saying go ahead cashman or friedman go to the cubs please

      • 0bsessions 4 years ago

        The Yankees would give us fits with or without Cashman, in all likelihood. Friedman heading to the other league would be much more advantageous for us than Cashman.

        • johnsilver 4 years ago

          Yep. They would/did with georgie pretty much acting as his own GM and making any move HE wanted for years, much like Hankie is doing now.

          They could hire Hendry or Minaya and be super competitive.

          • 0bsessions 4 years ago

            In fairness, an incompetent GM WOULD be problematic for the Yankees. Hendry and Minaya both had huge payrolls and both had a tendency to just throw tons of money at the wrong players. Without a lot of luck, Hank DOES at least need someone to say “No, sir, signing Chris Carpenter to an eight year deal next offseason may be ill advised due to his age.” Sure, he’s going to get overridden by a Steinbrenner from time to time, but I sincerely doubt Hank would fail to run that team into the ground unassisted.

  3. Was there some beef with Hendry and Sandberg?

    • gunsnascar 4 years ago

      There is a huge beef between sandberg and hendry. Go back into the cubs archives and read the sun times article about sandberg and you will see. That article brought me to a whole new level of hate for hendry. Sandberg interviewed for the cubs managers job when the cubs hired pinella hendry said that they wanted to hire someone with more experience for the job but said that if he wanted to he could get that experience in the minors as manager so sandberg spent 4-5 years as the manager in the minors and when pinella retired it was basically that hendry promised the manager job to sandberg ,then he interviewed sandberg after the retirement and a bunch of other people then hired quade and told sandberg that he wasnt even 3rd  or 4th on the list of people that he would hire as manager. AND SANDBERG wasnt even offered the managers job in AAA Iowa either so he left the orginization and privately vowed to never return to the cubs until hendry was completely gone. So yeah there was some bad blood there.

      • 100% agree. The Cubs groomed Sandberg for the managerial job. With no managing experience, Sandberg went to A, AA, and AAA ball and won at each level. Though my understanding was that the offer for coaching at DSM was on the table and Sandberg turned it down, and I don’t blame him for doing so. I figured Sandberg felt shafted by Hendry’s decision to hire AAAA manager Quade, but I wasn’t sure if there was any other issues between them. It’s funny that a lot of people were speculating that Sandberg would be a candidate for the 2012 managerial position before Hendry got fired, but I guess with him gone now that could actually happen, and I hope it does.

        • jwsox 4 years ago

          But why would ryne leave Philly it s a better situation for him there he is likely to take over for Charlie either next season or 2013. And already have a world series team waiting for him.

          • jb226 4 years ago

            Manuel got an extension.  Short of him retiring early or something happening to him, Sandberg would be waiting until at least the 2014 season.

            There’s little doubt that the Phillies would have a better team for him if and when he did get the job, but the reason Sandberg left is to get to the show fast which the Cubs could offer him.  Plus it’s the Cubs.  For some people that might be a detractor, but not for Sandberg.

          • gunsnascar 4 years ago

            that phillys team will be completely different in 2014 than it is now.
            sandberg would return to the cubs because he loves the cubs as much as ron santo did  and even said that he would return now that hendry is fired

          • jwsox 4 years ago

            Not really in 2014 they would still have Howard pence lee utley. Probably shane and hammels still and I doubt they let halladay walk after next year. Still a good team.

          • gunsnascar 4 years ago

            And they will all be older by 3 years and will probably be without rollins for starters and as far as hammels lee and halladay goes pitchers dont stay the same especially lee and halladay when they age 3 more years. To a lesser degree of skill look at how zambrano has declined as 1 example he used to be 1 of the top pitchers in the NL and now look at him.

          • hoagiebuchanan 4 years ago

            Carlos Zambrano couldn’t hold Hamels jock let alone SNIFF Cliff or Doc’s. Awful, terrible, embarrassing comparison.

          • gunsnascar 4 years ago

            How quickly fans forget about the glory years of Z. 
            If Z had that phillys defense behind him in his prime then you would be saying that comment completely different and that phillys offense would have made him more than a 20 game winner more than once.

          • Baseballfan83 4 years ago

            Zambrano isn’t declining with age. He is a lunatic and can’t stay composed.  

          • Baseballfan83 4 years ago

            If you are offered a manager job in the majors you take it. There are only 30 jobs and opportunity is very rare.

        • gunsnascar 4 years ago

          what coaching job was offered and turned down by sandberg and what is DSM

  4. John Arguello 4 years ago

    Why would the Cubs need Colletti to bring Sandberg in?  That sounds
    ridiculous.  “Hey Ryno, would you like to manage the Cubs?”  “Nah…you
    guys didn’t hire Colletti”.

    It’s completely backwards, you don’t select a GM based on who he’d put at manager. The emphasis is misplaced. The GM is far more important. If this were true, it would indicate a new level of incompetence.

    The other huge problem with this scenario is that Colletti stinks.

    • jb226 4 years ago

      I agree completely, that didn’t make sense to me.  And even IF it were true, while I would like to see Sandberg as our manager I would have no interest in him if it meant we had to take Ned Colletti as the GM.  Hell, I’m not even sure he’s an upgrade from Hendry.

    • IdontknowwhyIpostonforums 4 years ago

      If that is the case, higher Colletti, hire Sandberg, fire Colletti, higher better GM.

  5. luis2738 4 years ago

    Please take Colletti off our hands. Let him trade away someone else’s farm system for washed up veterans for a change.

    • NickinIthaca 4 years ago

      The cubs have a farm system?

      • hahaha, love it.

      • gunsnascar 4 years ago

        Yes a pretty decent 1 especially after this years 1st year player draft.

        • vtadave 4 years ago

          Doesn’t every team’s farm system look better after a draft?

          • gunsnascar 4 years ago

            not like the cubs getting Maple and the #9 overall signed as well as the other studs/duds signed like gretzky jr.

      • John Arguello 4 years ago

        Actually, they do.  You may want to research it.  Or maybe you have them mixed up with the White Sox horrific farm system?

  6. What can you say about Ned Coletti’s time with the Dodgers that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan.

    • angryredmenace 4 years ago

      That’s totally offensive! Afghanistan is no where near as F-Up as DodgerLand.

      On a serious note , why would anyone in their right mind want Coletti.His decision making skills are on par with Paris Hilton or dumb people who get into cars driven by their clearly intoxicated buddies.

      • Baseballfan83 4 years ago

        Does anyone thing Ricketts is in his right mind

  7. Colletti?  COLLETTI????  F*!K

  8. tmengd 4 years ago

    Friedman will either remain with the rays or goto houston right? He loves the rays owners but they will never increase payroll.he grew up an astros fan, and there is potential to increase payroll significantly in the future.I know crane wants payroll low now.but that its so he and his staff can target free agents they want and start new.with lee and lyon of f the books after next year and wandy maybe getting traded in off season.friedman would be able to add free agents he wants with less restrictions then houston will probably pay top dollar to get him.

    I maybe wrong but it seems either rays or houston for friedman

    • Baseballfan83 4 years ago

      Crane has said he wants Astros payroll down to around 50 mil next year. Friedman would be wise to take the Cubs if they offer. If he rebuilds that he is a hero to a huge fan base and they do have money to spend. If he stays in Tamp to long they will keep getting worse and his rep will decline with them. 

      • tmengd 4 years ago

        I said in the near future they can raise payroll. There is a “rumor” Crane wants payroll 50-60 million next year, true. Houston has had a payroll over 90 million often though and have drawn fans well till the last couple of years with a horrible team and loss of players to grow with. Like I mentioned Crane wants to strip the club of all it’s current high priced players and build “HIS” team. You have to believe after Lee is off the books next year, and some of the young players grow and the farm system builds even more after the # 1 pick next year that the payroll can and will increase. You have to remember starting 2013 the new TV deal kicks in too. SO maybe 50 million next year and  90 million the year that deal kicks in to attract fans to it.

    • gunsnascar 4 years ago

      There is a good chance that you will be right with that prediction.

  9. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    ooff, going from Hendry to Coletti? Cubs fans just can’t win…

    • If Colletti is hired at least we won’t get our hopes up.  And we wouldn’t have to worry about a culture change scaring everyone.  It’d be business as usual.


      • disgustedcubfan 4 years ago

        Ricketts is going to shock us all and hire one of the big boys.  Friedman, Cashman or maybe even Theo. The Cubs would have to give up something to Boston to get him out of the last year of his deal.  They would also have to give him 3 boatloads of money, and show Crane Kenny the door.  Am I dreaming again? 

  10. Please take girardi… and then if you want cash that’s fine as long as we get friedman 

  11. First I believe Cashman and Epstien won’t leave their
    positions in New York or Boston (even though I would like to see them in
    Chicago).  Those are too prestigious to
    leave.  I realize Cashman’s contract is
    up but he’ll only use the Cubs to drive up his price in New York.

    Coletti has a history of not developing players so I can’t
    see him in that position.  It is rumored
    Andrew Friedman won’t leave Tampa (another one I wouldn’t mind seeing take the

    I believe this leave the following candidates:

    Ben Cherington (from winning tradition)

    Damon Oppenheimer (from winning tradition, but as Scouting
    Director what type of experience does he have at developing players).

    Rick Hahn (he had a hand in scouting and developing players,
    and he is a Cub fan.  Are the White Sox
    considered a winning tradition?)

  12. Brad Pitt would be a great GM for the Cubs.  It would be nice to see what he could do with a larger payroll.

  13. stewie75 4 years ago

    why would friedman NOT leave for the Cubs position?? I can only think of 2 reasons, he loves the people he works with and loves being the lowest spending team in a division where literally every team is moving upward AND capable of outspending them EVERY year. 

    Reasons to join the Cubs: We have a $125M payroll, and that’s after having it CUT, we’ll be outspending the Rays EVERY year in every manner from payroll to the draft and amateur signings, huge crowds everyday, unlimited resources given his cred, his pick of managers, assistants, bench coaches, ANYTHING. Cards are aging + Pujols will prob sign a huge contract that’ll soak up a good % of their payroll, Brewers are prob losing Fielder, the Astros are the Astros, leaving just the Reds & Pirates as teams that are improving instead of worsening. 

    Long post, but let’s hope Friedman’s fire to build a powerhouse like Boston and NY are greater than his relationship with Tampa… which would seem odd coming from a stats guy.

  14. bmoneyy20 4 years ago

    i saw this headline earlier in the day and came back hoping colletti was a typo. colletti is in im out, pony up and go get andrew. could ricketts have gone on that boston trip with his sights on ben?

  15. lefty177 4 years ago

    why did Buster Olney mention Theo Epstein that Tom Ricketts was thinking about for the Cubs GM?

  16. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    In fairness, should they get another playoff team into the next CBA, that WOULD be pretty advantageous.

  17. The jays have placed 3rd or better 9 times since TB has been around and 4 times since Friedman has joined TB. 

    Also the Jays are just beginning the AA era…Friedman cannot stop the Jays. AA can beat him at his young talent acquisition game and lock them up longer or for more given Rogers money-richness.

  18. I wept when I read Colletti.

  19. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    it’s interesting to think that anthopolous could be a motivating factor in freidman moving out. succeeding with a small payroll against two giants in that division is one thing, but three? he might prefer to give it up while he has the opportunity

  20. Baseballfan83 4 years ago

    Why weaken the playoffs. Even if you add another there will always be a team that barely misses and cries about it

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