PHILADELPHIA -- The news got better for new Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Monday, when he announced that his mentor of the past three seasons wasn't leaving.

Pat Gillick, who fulfilled a three-year commitment as general manager by constructing a World Series champion, will remain on the staff in an advisory role.

The 71-year-old Gillick will advise Amaro and team president David Montgomery on baseball matters, including amateur scouting, player development and the Major League club.

"I'm very happy that Pat has opted to stay on board," Amaro said. "His knowledge of the game is invaluable and his innumerable resources will be a tremendous asset. There are pluses to having Pat with us and draw on his expertise."

In 51 years in professional baseball -- 27 as a general manager -- Gillick has brought 11 different teams to the playoffs. He previously served as GM of the Blue Jays, Orioles and Mariners and guided Toronto to back-to-back World Series championships (1992-93).

He also worked for the Astros and Yankees in scouting and player development.

"I'm going home," Gillick said with a laugh as Amaro and others prepared to head to California for the General Manager Meetings. Gillick also joked that his wife was worried about the additional time they may spend together.

Gillick claims to have few hobbies, so he plans to get some "work done around the house" during his down time. The rest of the time, he'll keep an eye on the Phillies Foundation.

"This is Ruben's day, but we're thrilled Pat has agreed to remain with us for the foreseeable future," said Montgomery, who had tried to persuade Gillick to say on as full-time GM. "With Pat, you never know what that means, as an advisor to Ruben and myself."

What's his title?

"We haven't talked about a title," Montgomery said. "He won't want a title, but he's told us he's going to remain with us. Probably by phone, but whatever. He's there as a resource."