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5 most likely candidates for the Cubs’ GM job

Rick Hahn (center) an assistant White Sox GM Ken Williams will be likely candidate for Cubs GM job. | AP

Rick Hahn (center), an assistant to White Sox GM Ken Williams, will be a likely candidate for the Cubs GM job. | AP

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Whom would you like to see as the next Cubs' GM?

Updated: August 19, 2011 5:06PM

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said he will seek a general manager with experience in a winning culture and someone who will be committed to building teams from a strong development system.

Here are some of the people who might seek the post:

1. Andrew Friedman of Tampa Bay. He is in his sixth season there, and is considered one of the best and brightest in the game, having put together a World Series team in his first two years at the helm in the toughest division in baseball. He won that division again last year. With no new stadium or additional revenue sources on the horizon in Tampa, Friedman probably has done all he can there and many speculate he wants to move on to bigger opportunities. He rose through the player development side of the business, which is what Ricketts has emphasized, and iis just 34 years old.

2. Ned Colletti of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chicago area native Colletti, 56, grew up in the Cubs organization, from its media relations department to the baseball operations side under Dallas Green. He has been the Dodgers’ GM since 2006 and took them to the playoffs in 2008 when they defeated the Cubs in the first round. The Dodgers had the best record in the National League in 2009. Colletti’s tenure with the Dodgers has been more about free agent signings, but the tumultuous status of the Dodgers’ ownership in the divorce proceedings of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt has stunted his career. Before the Dodgers, Colletti spent 11 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, including the last nine as assistant general manager.

3. Mike Rizzo of the Washington Nationals. Another Chicago native, Rizzo took over as interim general manager in March, 2009 after Jim Bowden resigned, and was given the position permanently in August. He was given a five year extension after last season. Rizzo went to the Nationals in 2006 after spending six seasons as director of scouting for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team he joined in their inception in 1998. He was part of the team in its World Series championship in 2001. He was a scout with the White Sox and Boston Red Sox before then.

4. Josh Byrnes of the San Diego Padres. He is vice president of baseball operations and is a protege of Boston general manager Theo Epstein. He was a finalist for the New York Mets job that eventually went to Sandy Alderson. Byrnes, 41, was considered a rising star when he was named general manager of the Diamondbacks in 2005 but was fired last season when the team slumped below expectations.

5. Rick Hahn of the White Sox. Hahn is in the category of ``future prospects,’’ considered by many in the game to be the next likely GM from the assistant ranks. A Winnetka native and New Trier graduate who grew up a Cubs fan, he has spent 11 seasons with the Sox and is intricately involved in contract negotiations and player personnel matters. He was interviewed last season for the Mets job that went to Alderson. Ricketts has said he will look for an experienced candidate, but he also said he will be open to advise from industry experts and owners, who could give Hahn a boost.

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