Gillick may cede team control to MacPhail

Phillies president potentially prepared to hand reins to longtime executive

Gillick may cede team control to MacPhail

BALTIMORE -- The future is uncertain for the Phillies, and that starts at the top.

Phillies president Pat Gillick has said he would remain in his current position as long as ownership requested it, although many in the organization believe Gillick is prepared to pass the reins to somebody else after the season. CSNPhilly.com reported Monday that longtime baseball executive Andy MacPhail could be that man.

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MacPhail, 63, served as general manager of the Twins when they won the 1987 and '91 World Series. He also served as Cubs president, and most recently as Orioles president of baseball operations.

Gillick's future with the Phillies could have a domino effect on the club's front office and coaching staff at the big league level. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s contract expires at the end of the season, and Gillick already has said Amaro's future will not be decided until then. A new president could completely reshape the leadership structure on the baseball side of the organization.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.