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Red Sox interested in adding Pat Gillick to front office

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Jerry DiPoto, it appears, is not enough to sate the Sox.

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The Red Sox have already added Jerry DiPoto to their team (for the time being), but according to Peter Gammons (via Nick Cafardo here) of the MLB Network, they're not done yet. The Sox are reportedly also interested in bringing in Hall of Famer and current interim president of the Philadelphia Phillies Pat Gillick on to advise the front office.

Philadelphia is not exactly the team you want to be drawing your front office talent from these days, but before you fault Gillick for the sins of Amaro, know that since his retirement following the 2008 World Series, Gillick's role has been nothing more than an advisor. It's likely a legacy role, with little real control over the operations of the club. Gillick can be credited with building the team Amaro tore down, and if he hasn't saved them since, that's because it wasn't in the job description.

Granted, the Sox seem to be eyeing Gillick for a similar title here, but that doesn't mean they're just looking to add his name more than his mind. That the Sox are actively looking to go out and get Gillick would suggest they want him to be a significant part of the team's decision making process.

It's worth noting that, between the reports on DiPoto and Gillick, nobody has the Red Sox looking to move on from Ben Cherington, simply to add others around and, indeed, beneath him. It's possible this is just the team displaying a unified front even as they consider a larger shakeup, but going purely on the evidence, it doesn't look like he's going anywhere anytime soon.

It's an interesting tactic to take for Boston. If Cherington is not enough alone, just keep throwing executives at the problem until it goes away. But that's going to require some difficult managing of personalities. There's no such thing as too many good minds, but too many voices complicates the issue, particularly should they be at odds with one another.