As expected, the Cubs interviewed Padres’ bench coach Rick Renteria for the managerial opening on Monday in California. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer reportedly flew to San Diego to conduct sit down with Renteria, who is recovering from hip surgery. Renteria is expected to be fully recovered by Spring Training.
Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod have a history with Renteria from their days together in San Diego and according to a report from Buster Olney, the Cubs’ front office is doing a “ton of background work” on Rick Renteria.
Rick Renteria has an excellent reputation and is well respected throughout the baseball for the way he communicates and develops young players.
The Cubs have apparently asked for and have been granted permission by the Rays to speak with Dave Martinez about managing one of his former teams. The Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin spoke with Martinez and he told Topkin that he “is very excited about the interview” and he loves Chicago.
The Cubs are expected to interview Dave Martinez this week in Chicago.
Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Randy Bush have reportedly talked to both A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta about the managerial opening. The front office is expected to step up their efforts to hire the next manager and the process could include interviewing additional candidates such as Torey Lovullo.
Stay tuned for updates from the Cubs’ Skipper Search …