Gillick admitted that one of the enticing things about the Phillies job is that they're close to being where they need to be. "I think the Phillies are further along (than other clubs with GM openings) at this point," said Gillick. It was thought that Gillick would be a front runner for the Dodgers' GM position, but he took himself out of the running for that job to focus on coming to Philadelphia.
Gillick has already started his work, speaking to free agent closer Billy Wagner by phone on Wednesday morning. "I talked to Billy this morning," admitted Gillick, who declined to discuss their talk any further.
Meanwhile, another major issue for the Phillies was also addressed by Gillick.
"I don't think it's unhealthy to have two players here with the type of ability they do. I'll let the manager figure that out," said Gillick in response to what he might do to clear up the logjam at first base between Jim Thome and Ryan Howard.