11/3 Manager update
Expect a new Cubs manager to be revealed this week. All that’s known so far is who it won’t be.
Brad Ausmus, who interviewed Friday with the Cubs, has reportedly been named the Tigers next manager. Ausmus was the sixth candidate to talk to Theo Epstein. On Tuesday, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, 45, met with Epstein and the front office to discuss the vacant manager’s job. The Cubs also have interviewed Rick Renteria, A.J. Hinch, Dave Martinez and Manny Acta.
The Cubs also will talk to Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, 48. FOX Sports and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday that Lovullo will talk to Epstein and Co. early this week. That interview was delayed because Lovullo didn’t want to distract from the World Series. Epstein hired Lovullo to manage the Red Sox’s Triple-A Pawtucket team in 2010.
The only deadline Epstein has set is to have someone in place by Nov. 11 when the general manager meetings are held. Dale Sveum was dimissed on Sept. 30 after two seasons as the Cubs manager.
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer hired Ausmus as a special assistant with the Padres in November 2010 when Hoyer was the GM in San Diego, and he was the third person with a San Diego connection to interview for the Chicago job. Renteria, 51, who also interviewed with the Mariners and Tigers, is the Padres’ bench coach. Hinch, 39, is currently involved with player development in the Padres’ front office.
Epstein has said he wants someone with managerial experience, which Ausmus lacked. He played 18 seasons and his only time as a manager was with Team Israel in a qualifying tournament for the World Baseball Classic.
Renteria does not have any time in the big leagues as a manager but has worked in the Minor Leagues, beginning in 1998 as manager in the Marlins organization with the Brevard County team. He left the Marlins system after 2001, and was a hitting coach for the Padres’ Lake Elsinore Minor League team in 2003. In ’04, he took over Lake Elsinore as manager, and after three seasons, moved up to manage Triple-A Portland. Renteria joined the Padres Major League staff in 2008 and has been bench coach since ’11. He also managed Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic this year.
– Carrie Muskat