MacPhail said he met in July with Crane Kenney, Tribune Co. senior vice-president and general counsel, and offered to resign. He said he has always worked with a handshake agreement rather than a contract.
"Obviously this has been an awful season," MacPhail said. "I reminded Crane, 'Look this relationship has to be one where both parties have to be satisfied that they're getting everything they need out of the other party, and if you need my resignation, you can have it when you want it.' "