PHILADELPHIA -- The search for the Phillies' next general manager to replace the outgoing Pat Gillick is expected to be quick, with assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. a strong possibility to land the position.
According to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer, citing unidentified team insiders, Amaro is expected to be named by team president David Montgomery within 24 to 48 hours after the conclusion of the World Series, or after Oct. 31, when Gillick's contract expires.
The competition for Gillick's job has long been said to be between Amaro and assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle. Both men have handled several responsibilities and have been with the organization many years.
With the General Managers Meetings scheduled to begin Nov. 3 in Dana Point, Calif., the Phillies would like to have a GM by then. That person would be responsible for keeping a team with two straight National League East Division titles at playoff caliber, as well as rebuilding a farm system that has grown thinner through trades in recent years.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.