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Ryne Sandberg 'Welcome To Stay At Iowa', Says Jim Hendry

Via David Kaplan at Chicago Breaking Sports, Jim Hendry was asked this morning whether Ryne Sandberg had any job waiting for him in the Cubs organization:

“He is certainly welcome to return to Iowa; we think he did a great job there,” Hendry said.. “This was a very tough decision and one that I tossed and turned over. However, I love Ryne Sandberg and have tremendous respect for him.”

The Cubs’ interest in retaining him came as news to Sandberg, who said Tuesday he had received no offers from the team..

“I was unaware that they wanted me back until I heard it from you,” Sandberg said by phone Wednesday from his home in Phoenix. “I guess it is an option. I’m going to take my time and see what is out there.”

We’ll see what happens. Sandberg has been mentioned in connection with the open manager’s job in Toronto, and managerial jobs are still open with the Marlins, Mets, Brewers and Pirates as well.