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Gammons Breaks Down Cubs’ GM Candidates

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(WSCR) No person knows more people in baseball than Hall-of-Fame writer Peter Gammons. And that means its unlikely anyone has a better idea of who might be interested in the Cubs general manager job.

Gammons joined the Mully and Hanley Show on 670 The Score Friday and went through a number of candidates for a job he says “may be the best general manager’s job in baseball.” Here’s what he had to say about the following candidates:

Brian Cashman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New York Yankees

“I think [the Cubs] are certainly willing to spend the money. The question is, is Brian Cashman and and his wife going to leave New York? There’s no question he’s interested in the job. But interested and leaving are two different things and I’m not sure he would leave.

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Theo Epstein, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Boston Red Sox

“I don’t think Theo Epstein can get out of the last year of his contract … I think his contract is too tight. If this were next year, I think he very well might consider it, but it’s not.”

Andrew Friedman, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manger of the Tampa Bay Rays

“Andrew Friedman, I think, is going to get a piece of ownership. He’s built a new house on the water there off of St. Pete. He’s very close to Stuart Sternberg, the owner, and while it’s certainly intriguing, I don’t think he’ll leave because of getting a piece of ownership.”

Billy Beane, General Manager and minority owner of the Oakland Athletics

“Billy Beane is an owner of the A’s. I just don’t see Billy leaving.”

Larry Beinfest, President of Baseball Operations for the Florida Marlins

“I think one name that kind of gets bypassed that I think would be very interested is Larry Beinfest in Florida. He is very good … I think Larry would love to talk to Tom Ricketts about this job.”

Dave Dombrowski, President, CEO and General Manager of the Detroit Tigers

“I think David’s track record is terrific. The fact that this is the sixth year since he hired Jim Leyland and it’s the six greatest attendance years in the history of the Detroit Tigers in a city that is now smaller than Columbus, Ohio is absolutely remarkable.”

Josh Byrnes, Vice President of Baseball Operations for the San Diego Padres

“He’s certainly an intriguing guy. He’s a brilliant guy.”

Rick Hahn, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Chicago White Sox, and Ben Cherington, Vice President of Player Personnel for the Boston Red Sox

“I think they’re kind of the guys that people say, ‘Wow, they’re the next group.’ And I don’t have a problem with that.”

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