CHICAGO (AP) _ Ed Lynch, general manager of the Chicago Cubs since 1994, has resigned as general manager, according to broadcast reports Wednesday.

WGN and WBBM radio stations cited unidentified sources as saying Lynch had stepped down. Andy MacPhail, Cubs president, will take over Lynch's duties, at least for the time being, WGN reported.

The Cubs have finished above .500 only twice during Lynch's tenure.

In November 1998, the Cubs extended Lynch's contract through the 2001 season. At the time, MacPhail said Lynch's leadership during the miserable 1997 season _ when the Cubs finished 68-94 _ was a significant factor in the team's decision.

Lynch, a former major-league pitcher with the New York Mets and the Cubs, was hired by the Cubs in October 1994.