It doesn’t take much to read in between these lines.
“It went well,” Baker told the Chicago Tribune on Monday night. “It went very well. I know they’ve had their problems, but they’re committed to winning. I really believe that and I think they believe I can help them win.”
“I think since Dusty became available, he was going to be our choice,” Hendry said Monday night from Phoenix, Ariz., where the meeting took place.
“We had a nice chat with Dusty all afternoon,” Hendry said. “He’s a tremendous guy and it was a good day. Now we’ll just try to proceed.”
Now it’s just a matter of dollars and sense. Baker wants four years, which shows he doesn’t expect to succeed immediately. He has realistic expectations about what he can expect with a Cubs team next year.