From the Wire … Cubs Hire Rudy Jaramillo

According to reports on Tuesday night from Bruce Levine and Dave Kaplan, the Cubs will announce on Wednesday they have signed Rudy Jaramillo to be the team’s new hitting coach.

The deal is believed to be a three-year contract worth $2.42 million.

Updated 7:30pm C.T.The Cubs officially announced the hiring of Rudy Jaramillo on Wednesday afternoon.

From ESPN Chicago:

“Jaramillo and his wife will fly to Chicago Wednesday to meet with Cubs officials and attend a mid-afternoon press conference after he officially signs his new contract, sources said. The Cubs’ new hitting coach was the second highest-paid coach in baseball in 2009. St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan reportedly made $850,000 last year and has been the highest-paid coach in baseball for a number of years.”

Ryan Theriot told Dave Kaplan Tuesday night that he is excited about Rudy Jaramillo becoming the Cubs’ hitting coach. Theriot said he spoke with Mark DeRosa, who credits Jaramillo with turning his career around, about hitting with Jaramillo over the winter.

Will update if additional information becomes available ….

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