From the Wire … Ricketts Extended Contract of Oneri Fleita

According to a report from Bruce Levine, Tom Ricketts extended the contract of Oneri Fleita earlier in the week. Ricketts gave the Cubs’ Vice President of Player Personnel a new four-year contract to keep him in the organization.

During the press conference following the dismissal of Jim Hendry, Ricketts said he would recommend to the new GM to keep both Oneri Fleita and Tim Wilken … Ricketts has apparently made the decision for the yet to be hired general manager.

According to Bruce Levine’s sources, the Tigers expressed interest in Oneri Fleita and Ricketts hand may have been forced. Fleita will report to the team’s new general manager.

Crane Kenney promoted Oneri Fleita to VP of Player Personnel in December of 2007 after the Baltimore Orioles asked for permission to offer Fleita a job running their minor league system.

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  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    Too bad we couldn’t have traded Fleita for Miguel Cabrera.


    I hope this doesn’t get in the way of the vision of the new GM and his ability to bring in his own people.

  • Ryan7

    I thought that would have been the new GM’S choice. Regardless if any other team was sniffing around him.

  • Jacob

    Im new here and will try to post often anyways i believe this Is a good move as long as we keep wilken.

  • Cheryl

    I think it was a good move but it was a forced move. Ricketts would have probably preferred to wait on this but there was at least one team seaking permission to talk with Oneri from what I’ve read. Ricketts may have even spoken to some potential GMs about the situation before announcing it.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Did ya’ll see the White Sox vs. Tigers yesterday? Sox are trying to make up ground on the Tigers. They lead 8-1 in the 5th. Their closer gave up three runs on two taters–the last to Miguel Cabrara–to blow the game 8-7. 

    I guess it was a Carlos Marmol type of day for both Chicago teams.
    I never was in favor of making him a closer. His greatest value was as a shut down setup man to be used in the 6th, 7th or 8th inning as needed. 

  • ENDY

    I dont really get how Oneri is this hot commodity, our minor leagues rarely produces ML ready talent.  Castro has been great, but he’s raw talent, not polished, which would happen in the minors (though he was barely down there).  They didnt see Barney as an every day player, and he’s our 2B.  Vitters is still a free swinger. Jay Jackson has regressed.  Where’s the great player development???