Pat Gillick “doubtful” to be interested in Cubs’ GM job

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Last month there was speculation regarding Pat Gillick talking to the Cubs about a job in the front office, but now that the general manager spot is open Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Gillick won’t be replacing Jim Hendry.

According to Rosenthal “it’s doubtful that he would even consider the Cubs” because Gillick “is happy as a special advisor with the Phillies.”

Just three weeks ago Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago wrote that Gillick “would definitely consider the Cubs if the situation was right,” so we probably haven’t seen the last bit of speculation linking the Hall of Famer to Hendry’s old gig.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.