The Chicago Cubs recently denied they'd spoken with longtime baseball executive Pat Gillick, but television commentator Bob Brenly thinks adding more baseball leadership to the organization is an idea worth pursuing.
"It depends on who that person is," Brenly said Saturday on ESPN 1000's "Talkin' Baseball." "I think there are a lot of good baseball people out there, certainly Pat Gillick's name has come up a lot lately. I think anytime you get an opportunity to add somebody who's had the wealth of experience that Pat Gillick has had in this game and that's had the track record of success, if you have an opportunity to add that guy to the fold, I think it would be a huge mistake not to."
A source close to Gillick told ESPNChicago.com on Friday that Gillick would be open to speaking with the Cubs. Gillick, who is currently a consultant with the Philadelphia Phillies, told the Chicago Sun-Times this week that he would be open to leaving for a president-level job with the Cubs or another team.
But even if Gillick and the Cubs aren't a good fit, Brenly sees other potential candidates who could help this currently struggling franchise.
"There are other names out there, guys that could possibly be available to fill that role and once again, they've got great track records, they know the game from every conceivable angle, from a player to a coach to a manager to a GM to a scouting director to a farm director," Brenly said. "There are guys out there that have served in all those positions and could possibly be available to come in in some manner here with the Cubs and I've always been a firm advocate, anytime you can add good people in your business, you do that. You try to get better on the field, you try to get better within your organization and you try to get better within the front office if you can."
Crane Kenney is the current Cubs president and was the team chairman prior to the Ricketts family purchasing the team in 2009. Tom Ricketts said last month that he was not interested in bringing in a big name to evaluate the roster and the performances of general manager Jim Hendry and manager Mike Quade.
The Cubs have been disappointing in recent seasons and currently have the second-worst record in the majors, entering Saturday's game against the Houston Astros at 40-60.
When it comes to turning over the on-field personnel, Brenly said it may be time for some changes, but did urge a little bit of restraint.
"Well, you know, I think fans sometimes get a little carried away, 'We gotta do something, we gotta do something,' and sometimes those knee-jerk reactions can put you in a deeper hole than you're already in. So I think you have to be very careful about those moves and make sure that you're doing them for the right reasons -- not just to send a message or change perception.
"If you feel that those moves are going to make you a better team and a better organization, then I think if there was ever a year to do it that this would be the year."