Phillies Rumors: Ben Cherington Seems Unlikely to be GM

The Philadelphia Phillies‘ general manager search is heating up.

Earlier this week, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly wrote that former Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was among four candidates ‘being mentioned by plugged-in industry folks’ in connection to the Phillies’ vacant general manager position. It appears that being mentioned is the closest that 41 year-old will get to Philly.

According to Nick Cafardo the Boston Globe, Cherington says he hasn’t interviewed for the job and it appears he may not even want to.

Cherington said he did not interview with the Phillies for their vacant GM job, as had been speculated on some media fronts. Cherington seems content to sit out the year and regroup.

Cafardo’s report seems in line with something that ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweeted a month ago.

At age 41, Cherington really doesn’t have any reason to rush back into a position. He’s won a World Series and was the leader of one of the league’s most prominent organizations for nearly four seasons. Though his tenure produced mixed results, he’s going to get another chance when he wants one.

It’s not clear how interested that new president Andy MacPhail was in Cherington anyway. 

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the club is going to interview both veteran executive Kim Ng and Cleveland Indians’ vice president of player personnel Ross Atkins in the near future. Those two join former Miami Marlins’ executive Larry Beinfest, who Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald originally reported interviewed for the job, as the only known candidates to interview.

Texas Rangers’ Assistant General Manager Thad Levine, Kansas City Royals’ assistant general manager J.J. Picollo and Los Angeles Angels’ assistant general manager Matt Klentak are among other candidates who seem to have earned a chance to interview for the job. None of those three has been formally connected to the Phillies in terms of interviewing for the job.

Salisbury predicted that by October 26th, when the team begins its organizational meetings, that the Phillies will have a new general manager. It appears that within the last week, the search has heated up and Ng has become the on-paper favorite to win the job.

Though MacPhail will be the guy in the front-office, he seemed to make it clear upon firing Ruben Amaro Jr. that the next general manager would not be a figure-head but rather someone who would play a vital role in the team’s attempt to restore the success they had not so long ago. The new general manager may also eventually replace MacPhail, who enters the first season of his new job at age 62.