Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011
Posted 1:43 p.m. Updated 2:42 p.m.

By Patrick Mooney
CSNChicago.com

Lou Piniella looked tanned and relaxed at the winter meetings in early December. This was three-plus months after leaving the grind of managing the Cubs, so that he could take care of his family.

Piniella said he was uncertain what his next move would be, but insisted that he was done as a manager. At 67, it was time to do something else.

Now the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Piniella will be joining the Giants front office as an advisor to general manager Brian Sabean.

It was widely assumed that whenever Piniella decided to take a consulting job, it would be with the Yankees, because of his close ties to the Steinbrenner family and their headquarters in Tampa, not far from his Florida home.

But Piniella and Sabean have also enjoyed a long relationship. Sabean used to coach at the University of Tampa Piniellas old school before rising to Yankees scouting director at the same time Piniella managed in the Bronx.

Piniella will be another set of eyes for the defending World Series champions.

PatrickMooney is CSNChicago.com's Cubs beat writer. FollowPatrick on Twitter @CSNMooneyfor up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.