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11/6 Manager update

According to MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, the Cubs will name Rick Renteria the new manager on Thursday. However, a Major League source told MLB.com Wednesday there was no announcement pending.

The Cubs have spent more than a month interviewing Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, Brad Ausmus, former Mariners and Indians manager Eric Wedge, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta, and former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch.

The Cubs also reportedly wanted to talk to Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.

When Dale Sveum was dismissed on Sept. 30, Epstein said they would prioritize managerial experience in the next manager. Epstein wanted a “dynamic person” who could establish a winning culture after losing more than 90 games two years in a row. The emphasis also would be on a person’s ability to develop young talent. Renteria inherits a young core that includes first baseman Anthony Rizzo, shortstop Starlin Castro, and catcher Welington Castillo, and up and coming prospects in Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora.

– Carrie Muskat

11/4 Lovullo and the Cubs – UPDATED

According to FOX Sports and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs’ negotiations with the Red Sox for Torey Lovullo are a little complicated.

At a news conference Monday, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said no team had asked for permission to talk to Lovullo, Boston’s bench coach.

“Right now, our hope and expectation is our coaching staff is back,” Cherington said. “There have been no requests for permission for any of the Major League coaches.”

The Cubs have interviewed Rick Renteria, Dave Martinez, A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta and Brad Ausmus. On Sunday, Ausmus was named the Tigers manager.

Later Monday, Rosenthal posted that the problem could be timing.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said Monday that no team had contacted him yet about interviewing Boston bench coach Torey

Lovullo. The hold up may be because of timing. When Theo Epstein left the Red Sox to take over the Cubs as president of baseball operations in October 2011, the Cubs and Red Sox had an agreement they would not hire each other’s employees. There was a set time frame, which Rosenthal says may be three years.

Rosenthal said a resolution could depend on the two team’s ownership, and a concession by the Red Sox to allow Lovullo to leave.

Epstein did hire Lovullo to manage the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010. When John Farrell was named manager of the Blue Jays for the 2011 season, Lovullo joined his coaching staff. Lovullo returned to the Red Sox in October 2012 to be the bench coach.

– Carrie Muskat

11/1 Manager update

If Theo Epstein sticks to his schedule, he now has 10 days to name a new Cubs manager. Epstein said he wanted someone in place before the GM meetings, which begin Nov. 11. The Cubs have talked to Rick Renteria, Dave Martinez, Manny Acta and Eric Wedge. On Thursday, Renteria, 51, interviewed for the Tigers job. He’s also talked to the Mariners about their vacancy.

Epstein most likely is waiting for the Red Sox celebration to quiet down before contacting third base coach Torey Lovullo, whom Boston manager John Farrell has endorsed. The Tigers also reportedly want to talk to Lovullo.

The wild card candidate is Brad Ausmus, 44, who interviewed Monday with the Tigers. Ausmus played 18 seasons, and was currently a special assistant with the Padres. Epstein has said he preferred to hire someone with managerial experience, and Ausmus has only managed Team Israel in a qualifying tournament for the World Baseball Classic.

– Carrie Muskat

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