This is a couple of days old, but Lou Piniella wants the Cubs to give GM Jim Hendry a contract extension.
"He’s on the last year of his contract," Piniella said. "He has done a heck of a job here. I’ve seen where other GMs have been extended. Why not ours?"
The renewal of Hendry’s contract is complicated by the pending sale of the Cubs. Piniella is worried that the sale could be dragged out, leaving the team without a general manager next off-season. On the other hand, any prospective buyer of the Cubbies may prefer to hire their own GM. If a deal is not reached on a new owner soon, this could potentially affect how the Cubs handle trades during the season and how they deal with free agents, player contracts and potential trades next winter.
Tim profiled Jim Hendry last May.