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Friedman, Colletti, Cashman on Cubs’ radar for next GM

Randy Wells pitches first inning his way getting victory Wednesday. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

Randy Wells pitches in the first inning on his way to getting the victory Wednesday. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 16, 2011 1:19AM

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is wasting no time gathering information on potential general manager candidates, talking this week to people in and around baseball about current GMs Andrew Friedman of the Tampa Bay Rays and Ned Colletti of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to sources.

While Colletti is viewed by many as cut from similar old-school-GM cloth as Jim Hendry, one attraction to him, a source said, is the likelihood he would try to bring Ryne Sandberg back to the organization as the Cubs’ manager. Sandberg has told those close to him that with Hendry out, he wouldn’t hesitate to return to the Cubs.

Hendry hired Sandberg to manage in the Cubs’ minor-league system in 2007 when Sandberg sought the Cubs job Lou Piniella got. After four years managing up the Cubs’ chain, Sandberg lost out on the job again to Mike Quade last October.

Another long-odds scenario Ricketts has talked about this week, according to sources, is trying to woo New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman and getting a package deal for Cashman and manager Joe Girardi.

Cashman and Girardi both are said to be open to leaving New York. Cashman’s contract expires after this season.

Cubs ownership wanted a shot to interview Girardi — an original Cubs draft pick from Peoria — for the managerial opening last fall until the Yankees played deep into October and subsequently signed him to a three-year extension.

Ricketts said last week he’s looking for a candidate who emphasizes player development, is new math-savvy and has experience in a winning culture — all attributes of Friedman. But many who have worked with and around Friedman have said they believe he would be reluctant to jump to the Cubs.

Bud-Rahm on tap?

Commissioner Bud Selig traveled to Chicago this week to meet with Ricketts and presumably offer a show of support to city leaders as the Cubs try to nab public funding to help pay for major renovations at Wrigley Field.

Selig met with the media during the Cubs’ 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves, covering numerous stale topics, such as a 2014 All-Star game for Wrigley (forget it), increased attendance this year (‘‘which is amazing’’) and expanded playoffs (stay tuned).

Of course, he’s only here now because Ricketts
asked him to come to town, Selig said.

Has he met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel?

‘‘Not today,’’ said Selig, who declined to add when he might meet with the mayor.

Pena claimed

According to numerous reports, Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena was claimed off waivers by the Yankees, giving the teams two days to work out a potential trade. But Cubs insiders say they don’t expect Pena to go anywhere.

None of the 29 other teams put in a claim.

Cashner strong

Andrew Cashner (shoulder strain) got just two outs and gave up two runs and three hits in his first rehab assignment Tuesday night for Class AA Tennessee, but manager Mike Quade said reports were that his fastball touched the upper 90s.

Cashner, who has been on the disabled list since the first week of the season, has at least two more rehab outings at Class AA before moving to Class AAA Iowa. The Cubs hope he can be back by early September.

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