- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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Newly hired Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said on Wednesday that he would love to incorporate Chicago Cubs special assistant to the general manager Greg Maddux on his team's coaching staff next season.
Towers said during his initial interviews after taking the Diamondbacks job that Maddux would be a great pitching coach or bench coach.
Cubs GM Jim Hendry, who was in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Tuesday and Wednesday to interview Ryne Sandberg for the Cubs' managerial job, also spent time with Maddux in Mesa, Ariz. on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"I spent the last couple of days with Greg, and quite a bit of time with him this summer," Hendry said. "Greg and I have a real good work relationship. Greg's intent is to stay with the Cubs and do what he's doing now. And I'm sure we'll have some more expansive duties for him. I've had numerous conversations with him since Lou [Piniella] left, including the managerial process."
Hendry was asked about his reaction to Towers' comment.
"Kevin and I are friends," Hendry said. "It didn't really bother me, because I already knew what Greg was going to do. I don't blame anybody for wanting Greg Maddux. We're thrilled Greg has chosen to be with the Cubs. He and I months ago addressed what he wanted to do next year."
Hendry hired Maddux as a special assistant before the 2010 season. The 355-game winner began his career in the Cubs organization in 1986 and pitched with them until 1993, when he signed a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Braves. Maddux returned to win his 300th game as a Cub when he signed a free-agent contract in 2005.