The Cubs made news of Jim Hendry's dismissal public on Friday, but the general manager was actually relieved of his duties a month ago. Chicago owner Jim Ricketts said he came to the decision on July 22 and informed Hendry of his dismissal at that time. But both sides agreed to not make it official or public until almost a month later after the team had gone through both the July 31 trading deadline and Aug. 15 deadline to sign this year's draft picks.