Report: Cubs will retain general manager Jim Hendry

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From Bob Nightengale of USA Today comes word that Jim Hendry’s job as the Cubs’ general manager is safe, barring a sudden change of thinking on the part of ownership.

Hendry has dished out poor contract after poor contract since taking the helm in Chicago back in July of 2002, but he’s apparently gained the trust of the Ricketts family and will remain the Cubs’ primary decision-maker heading into what should be an active free agency period.

Over $30 million in salary will be dropped from the Cubs’ payr0ll when the 2011 regular season ends. It was widely assumed that the Ricketts, who bought the team last year, would inject fresh faces into the front office to handle the spending of that freed-up cash. But now it appears as though Hendry will remain in power.

Hendry did share a hug in May with this winter’s most coveted free agent, current Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. Perhaps the Cubs are planning a hard charge for baseball’s best hitter.