MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that Pirates special assistant to the general manager Jim Benedict has told the Phillies that he plans to remain with Pittsburgh. The 52-year-old Benedict interviewed for the Phillies job two weeks ago.
Benedict has been with the Pirates since 2008 and has held a few positions including minor league pitching coordinator. He is credited with resurrecting the careers of Francisco Liriano and All-Star reliever Mark Melancon. Benedict worked closely with Charlie Morton, who has rebounded nicely since Tommy John surgery, and future-ace Gerrit Cole.
Melancon called Benedict "kind of a guru when it comes to pitching."
The search continues.
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