Pat Gillick, the architect of championship teams in Toronto and Philadelphia, said Monday that he isn't interested in a return to the Blue Jays, but he would not rule out the possibility of overseeing baseball operations for another team some day in the future.
Gillick, 72, was an advisor for the Phillies this year, after stepping down as the general manager in the aftermath of the team's championship last fall. He traveled overseas this summer, in what was viewed by some of his friends as a journey into retirement.
But, Gillick's name surfaced in Toronto over the weekend at a time when the Blue Jays are searching for a possible replacement to interim CEO Paul Beeston. Gillick was the general manager of the Blue Jays from 1977-1994. Toronto won championships in 1992 and 1993.
"I think it's just natural that that rumor goes around, because of my connection [with the Blue Jays] and because I'm not fully employed," said Gillick. "There's no truth to it at all. I don't have any interest at this point."
Gillick was asked if he would ever consider running the baseball operations for another club. "I can't say that I wouldn't," Gillick said. "If it was the right situation, I might do something on the West Coast."
Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.