Ricketts to Meet with Tim Wilken

According to a report from Bruce Levine, Tom Ricketts will meet with scouting director Tim Wilken over the weekend of September 16 to discuss his future with the team. Wilken still has a year remaining on his contract.

According to Levine’s sources, Ricketts and Wilken will “discuss the state of the scouting department and his current contract status.”

As Levine pointed out, if the Cubs extend Tim Wilken’s contract then the new general manager will have two vital positions in place when he/she takes over.

Bruce Levine reported that Oneri Fleita’s contract extension is “structured creatively with buyouts and options to benefit both the team and the executive.” Levine mentioned if Tom Ricketts extends Wilken’s contract it would likely be structured the same way.

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