According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the 68-year-old candidate makes perfect sense for David Montgomery and the Phillies.
I wanted to write something on GM candidate Pat Gillick yesterday. I thought I had a beat on why the Phils were so high on him. This morning, I began to realize most people following this saga are starting to see the big picture.
Gillick would represent temporary change at the top while avoiding widespread restructuring. The team is known for running an organization built on loyalty and internal hard work. Installing Gillick, also known for keeping matters in-house, represents the best of both worlds. He’s an outsider with a proven track record, and he won’t ruffle feathers.
The Phillies realized Ed Wade’s time had expired, but they also acknowledge something few fans are willing to see: the Phils aren’t far off their primary goal: a return to the postseason and a run at a championship. Most of the pieces are in place, and the new GM will have little flexibility because of the long-term contracts, no-trade clauses, and the rest of the residue from the Ed Wade era. In two years, about the time Gillick will move one, it’s likely the team will look very much the same as it does today.
Gillick’s hiring would also mean good news for Ruben Amaro, Jr. fans. It’s likely Amaro will stay on as assistant GM and further learn the position until the next opportunity presents itself. With geriatric Gillick at the helm, it could be soon.