10/29 Manager update
The Cubs did interview Eric Wedge at Wrigley Field today for the manager’s job. Wedge, 45, was the American League manager of the year in 2007 when the Indians won 96 games and finished first in the American League Central. He compiled a 561-573 record in Cleveland but was dismissed after a 97-loss season in 2009. Wedge has been the Mariners manager since 2011, posting a 213-273 record, but left the team before the regular season ended, saying it was “painfully obvious” that he wasn’t part of Seattle’s future. Wedge also missed 27 games this season after suffering a minor stroke.
Meanwhile, Rick Renteria, 51, is a hot commodity. He has interviewed for the Cubs’ opening as well as the Mariners, and there were reports Monday that Renteria was going to talk to the Tigers. The Tigers also have interviewed Brad Ausmus, who Comcast Sportsnet Chicago says also could be on the Cubs’ list. Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski knows Renteria from their time with the Marlins. Renteria managed for four years in the Marlins system. Padres manager Bud Black told the Detroit Free Press that Renteria “has the leadership qualities that a manager needs to have.”
The Cubs now have talked to Wedge, Renteria, Dave Martinez, A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta.
– Carrie Muskat