The Chicago Cubs have narrowed their focus now to a couple of possible candidates for the open managerial position on the team, as interviews have been set up with coaches and managers around the league.
At the top of the list is former Cleveland Indians manager, Manny Acta, and former Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch. Other interviews have been set up as well, including San Diego Padre bench coach Rick Renteria.
Although these are just a few names the Cubs have given out for potentially taking over the job, there are a couple of others the Cubs may consider. The Cubs have been looking at Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, who was up for the job before former manager Dale Sveum took it in 2012. Another coach is Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, who is also a former Cubs outfielder (86′-88′,00′). The Cubs have already asked permission from the Rangers to talk to Maddux, and are eyeing Martinez as just a consideration at this point.
Looking at the top candidates, Acta managed the Washington Nationals from 2007-2009 and the Indians from 2010-2012. He is currently an analyst for ESPN and posts a 372-518 record as a manager through 890 games.
Hinch is currently the vice president of scouting for the San Diego Padres and is familiar with current Cubs and former Padres GM Jed Hoyer. Hinch managed the D-backs from 2009-2010 and has a 89-123 managerial record with 212 games under his belt.
The Cubs had looked at current New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi as their top choice, but Girardi instead decided to re-sign with the team he has led to four playoff appearances and one world title. Girardi’s four year contract gives him $4 million a year, making him the second-highest paid manager in the majors behind Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Sciosia, who is being paid $5 million a year.
Their have also been rumors that the Cubs are trying to get in touch with former player and future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, whose number #31 is retired by the team. Maddux played for the Cubs from 1986-1992, as well as rejoining the team from 2004-2006. Maddux is currently a special assistant to the Texas Rangers GM. Greg’s brother is Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, who the Cubs are also interested in.
With this set of new potential managers, the Cubs will be talking for a couple of days in order to get a feel for who they want to offer a contract too. The Cubs have already set up the interview with Acta tomorrow and are expected to set dates for Hinch and Renteria soon, so the question is now who will take over the position and lead the Cubs to a great 2014?