Guillen Willing to Coach on Cubs Staff, List of Managerial Candidates Could Be Seven Deep

Mark Gonzales caught up with Ozzie Guillen prior to Game One of the World Series. The former Marlins and White Sox manager told Gonzales that “he would be willing to return as a coach, only with the Cubs, if asked.” Guillen said, “I just make it very clear if they want me as a coach, the only team I will coach is the Cubs. The reason is I live there. I don’t have to me my family in and out. As for a manager opening, if anyone is interested in me, at least give me an opportunity to express myself.”

Guillen would like to get back on the baseball field and indicated he would be interested in coaching third base for the Cubs, if they ask. Gonzales pointed out that Guillen could be “an asset to the Cubs, who are looking for more bilingual instructors to help the development of Latino players such as Starlin Castro, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler.”

Ozzie Guillen believes in what the Cubs are doing and feels the organization is “going in the right direction” and “it’s going to be only a couple of years” before the team is good again.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are reportedly interviewing possible coaches for the new manager’s staff while talking to managerial candidates. The front office will make recommendations to the new skipper for positions on his staff and reports have suggested that Chris Bosio, Lester Strode and Dave McKay will receive recommendations. Alex Cora could be in line for a coaching position as well according to Bruce Levine.

Updating the Skipper Search

According to Gordon Wittenmyer, the front office is not conducting second interviews. Wittenmyer reported that despite news of some of the candidates receiving a second interview, the Cubs are not at that stage of the process yet. Wittenmyer also reported that Rick Renteria will finish his first interview this week, in what became a two-part process. Renteria had hip surgery two-weeks ago and is unable to travel, so the front office is making two different trips to San Diego to talk to him.

As reported on Wednesday, a couple of “mystery candidates” could be added to the list in the near future while the front office waits until after the Series to speak with Red Sox’s bench coach Torey Lovullo. Jesse Rogers also reported the Cubs’ list of candidates seems to be expanding.

There is an ongoing “internal debate about several of the candidates already interviewed” and the list of candidates is believed to be “at least seven deep” at this point according to the Sun-Times … so at least two other candidates exist outside of A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta, Rick Renteria, Dave Martinez and Torey Lovullo.

The Cubs are not expected to speed up the process even with the Tigers, Nationals and Mariners looking for a skipper. The Dodgers are no longer without a manager after Don Mattingly, his agent and Stan Kasten quietly confirmed on Wednesday night that Mattingly would be returning to the Dodgers’ dugout for the 2014 season.

As for the four men that have interviewed for the job, Jesse Rogers reported that multiple scouts told him that A.J. Hinch would not be the right hire for the Cubs. Rick Renteria received good reviews from the scouts he spoke with and “was the consensus choice among many scouts as the right man for the job.”

According to the Sun-Times, Rick Renteria “remains the candidate who seems to have the most buzz in the front office and beyond.”

The Rumor Mill

Most think the Cubs will spend money this off-season on at least one “high-impact player.” The Cubs have been connected to Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Masahiro Tanaka and Brian McCann already with the front office believed to be looking to add a veteran presence in the clubhouse.

The Cubs payroll for next season is still unknown at this point with the Wrigley Field Restoration project on hold until the Ricketts family receives assurances from the rooftop club owners that they will not pursue legal action to protect their views.

Jon Heyman is convinced at least one of the big names will sign with the Cubs this winter as he has already linked Ellsbury, McCann and Choo to the Cubs … and the season is not over yet. Heyman listed the Cubs among seven teams that could ink Ellsbury to a long term contract on Wednesday morning, then mentioned the Cubs as one of seven teams that could sign Choo on Wednesday night.

News and Notes

Albert Almora and Kris Bryant are turning heads in the Arizona Fall League.

Jim Callis thinks Jorge Soler will have a better future than Jose Abreu. Callis said Soler is the “more well-rounded player.”

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  • cubsin

    Why would Jesse Rogers think that scouts are qualified to judge managerial candidates?

    • Tony_Hall

      Why do all of us think we are qualified to judge managerial candidates?

      His reasoning – “If there is one thing scouts at the Arizona Fall League have in common, it’s having an opinion — on players and potential Cubs managerial candidates, for example. Most scouts have been in the game a long time, and even executives admit they are the lifeblood of baseball.”

    • CubbyDenCritic

      why would anyone want to listen to Jesse Rogers?
      Put Murph back on the air

      • John_CC

        When I used to listen to sports talk radio, Murph was my favorite. Hilarious, crazy, and die hard Cubs fan.

        • Denver Mike

          I have tried many times to listen to Murph before, Dan McNeil now, and feel like I’m listening to a 2nd rate version of the Superfans. I prefer Carm/Jurko and Waddle/Silvy to those guys for my daily sports radio fix. The ESPN guys are still die-hard Chicago sports guys, but come off as much more educated than the SCR crew.

          It has always amazed me that 670SCR got better ratings than ESPN1000.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I get what you mean and like both those guys, but I must say if you understand Boers and Bernstein’s mission on the radio, they’re a great listen.

            Sure, they are opinionated and go on some ridiculous inside joke tangents, but they inherently understand that most people who listen to sports radio that call in are idiots and they treat them as such.

            For example, I love their new campaign to hang up on callers who ask how they are. Priceless.

  • Tony_Hall

    Lots of interesting conversations the last few days.

    • John_CC

      Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed and decided they would show by disliking every statement and opinion made.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        yeah, I get that too……..my feelings get hurt.

  • Tony_Hall

    Days of Superstar Managers are Over

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/buster-olney/post/_/id/3630

    Talks about the managers positions is just a piece of the front office, compared it to the White House Press Secretary. You are the face of the team, have input, but are just one part of the team of people who make decisions.

    Buster started with how the Red Sox and Marlins went celebrity manager in Bobby Valentine and Ozzie Guillen and it failed.

    Managers need to be egoless, and able to work well with others, saying that this is why Matheny and Farrell are successful and the same type of manager Maddon, new Reds mgr, Price, Francona, Melvin, Girardi, Colllins, Black, and why Ventura was hired by the Sox.

    • Tony_Hall

      One other note in the article was when a manager made a significant pitching decision, a friend texted him asking what he was thinking, because it didn’t sound like him. The manager texted back “do you think that was my decision?”

      • Dorasaga

        Was it possible that field managers have not been involved with the player development as they used to, maybe until 20 years ago? The “Assembly Line QC” approach had taken over, and a single manger’s experience would not suffice for any contemporary, Major League operation that requires an expert of that task?

        • Tony_Hall

          I think I could use some QC on my fantasy drafts.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Mr. Hall, if we cannot trust your judgment on your own drafts,
            how can we trust your opinions here concerning our beloved ChiCubs?

            LOL

          • Tony_Hall

            Nothing wrong with having help in anything you do.

          • Dorasaga

            Maybe he’s being nice by pointing out the fact that you can be better than “good,” as I’m sure most of your teams already are. And maybe you can draft a great fantasy team but still lose it in the end. It’s what you keep that matters. Sorry to point out the obvious.
            :-p

            I draft players I like for a particular reason. But when it’s time to drop, say, Starlin Catro, I better have a replacement at shortstop.

            Great share, b.t.w. Again, obviously.

  • Tony_Hall

    And one for my buddy Ray, glad we stayed away from this one.

    http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=20326

    • cubtex

      Fantasy? C’mon dude. I admit that Bourn didn’t have a great year but I don’t buy that he is declining. I still would rather have him patrolling CF and batting leadoff for the Cubs at what he is getting paid. It is not an unreasonable contract 13.5 mil for the next 2 and 14 mil on the 3rd. Watch what Choo and Ellsbury will get and get back to me.

      • Tony_Hall

        You should play fantasy baseball next year, except I dont think your blood pressure could take it.

        I am actually liking the thought of Ellsbury. But Bourne’s legs are falling apart, and that was his best asset. We will see next year.

        • cubtex

          Didn’t you just give all these reasons on why not to sign 30 year plus free agents? Ellsbury is fragile. No longer hits HR’s and will be way overpaid. He will probably get 17 mil plus per year….don’t you think?

          • Tony_Hall

            I would be interested and like to have a lot of players, but probably not at the price someone else is willing to pay. Ellsbury has more to his game than just his legs and could move to LF as he ages, whereas Bourne’s game is his legs and he cant hit enough to justify a corner OF spot.

          • cubtex

            which is? Ellsbury doesn’t have enough pop for a corner OF spot.

          • bpot92

            while corner OF spots usually have power, not all successful ones do. Tim Raines, Scott Podsednik, Tony Gwynn, Roberto Clemente, Pete Rose, ricky henderson, Juan Piere,ect… Now obviously most of those are HOF or near Hof players while Ellsbury is not, but If you get production out of the other spots then its not as important to have power at one corner.

          • cubtex

            Putting Scott Podsednik in the same sentence as Clemente,Rose and Henderson is hilarious. Tim Raines could run into his late 30’s. Rickey Henderson had pop, Clemente had pop, Pete played multiple positions. Tony Gwynn is a career .320 hitter. I guess Podsednik is a good comparison to Ellsbury, If you want a Scotty Pods player in left field for 4 or 5 years then Ellsbury is your man.

          • bpot92

            Clemente’s top Hr year was 29 at age 31. Besides that he never had more than 23 home runs in a year. Pete Rose played 2b LF and RF before moving to first in his mid 30’s. Tim Raines had 45 SB in his age 32 season and then never had more than 21 after that, had two years of 28 HRs then low 20s or below every other year. And Tony Gwynn was actually better than that so hes probably a bad comparison as he was a career .338 hitter while Ellsbury is a .297/350/388. Scott Podsednik was a career. .288 hitter and won a WS with the Sox. Ellsbury actually has a better slugging % than most of the above guys, even without that many HRs. Would I like Ellsbury on the Cubs? Absolutely he would make them better, but probably not for the price he will command.

  • Tony_Hall

    Here is another good look at why stocking your team with 30 something FA’s at ridiculous salary and years is a bad deal for teams.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/albert-pujols-swift-descent/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rotofeed+%28The+RotoFeed%29

    About to enter his AGE 34 season, and only owed $212M moving forward.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I don’t think Pujols age is a real concern. Just look at Barry Bonds and
      his steroids. He just got better and better with a little help from his friends.
      Albert just needs a little more juice to compensate for another year on the calendar.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Remember when Ozzie said something to the effect of what a dump Wrigley Field is and he’d never want to coach there ever? How quick you change your tune when any interest in you has dried up.

    I really don’t think they’ll be interviewing Ozzie. I don’t care if he won a World Series. The Cubs don’t need a manager with a head as big as his. The only advantage to him coaching third base is the opposing left fielder wouldn’t be able to see the batter…

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Ozzie is a Circus…..but if we need a coach who can connect to our Latin yewts coming up, Ozzie can be that guy…..if Ozzie does become the next Cubs manager, these questions need to be asked…..
      1 – Can Ozzie not bad mouth the FO?
      2 – Can Ozzie not insult certain local residents?
      3 – Can the Cubs put up with the seven Anti-Castro demonstrators that will always show up?
      4 – How fast can WGN block out Ozzie’s foul mouth rants on live tv?
      5 – Can Ozzie make Castro a top notch SS?
      6 – Will Joey Cora be on the coaching staff?
      7 – Can Ozzie bring the Cubs into the playoffs by 2016?

      • Tony_Hall

        Thanks for all the down arrows. If you think it is me giving you the down arrows your are as crazy as your posts. I havent been on since mid day Sunday and yet looking at the past few days you still get plenty of down arrows.

      • 07GreyDigger

        The answers in order are.
        1. No
        2. No
        3. No
        4. WGN has experience broadcasting Sox games in this area.
        5. Maybe
        6. Probably
        7. No.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          yeah, too much risk….not the right fit………..so lets go back to hiring Tony LaRussa.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Except he doesn’t want the job and is like what, 100?

          • jtrain23

            Yeah, and no worry looking for a bench coach, because I know a guy that is looking for employment and would be perfect. Tony & Dusty ’14 Baby!!

    • ZTH

      Yes, for years all Ozzie could talk about was how much he hated the Cubs and everything about the North siders. Funny what being out of a job will do to your perspective…

    • Ripsnorter1

      Nice post, Grey. And right on the money!

      You just forgot to mention his potty mouth is R rated.

  • Rick Barkan

    I can’t stop laughing Guillen wants to be a coach with the Cubs only. Ozzie i really don’t think anyone wants you on their team.

    • 07GreyDigger

      There’s a lot of similarity between Ozzie and Carlos Zambrano. Like Zambrano, Ozzie will fade into obscurity soon enough. Maybe he can manage the Schaumburg Boomers!

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Ozzie laughing all the way to the bank with Marlins money.

      • SuzyS

        Z is going to try for a comeback this season…at age 32. I believe it was his biggest muscle,( brain), that atrophied and misfired….otherwise he’d still be under contract (like Dempster).
        Good luck to Z…but please, please, please…do not bring him back to the Cubs as a reclamation project.

        • TheWrongGuy

          I agree Suzy Big Z would be a good reclamation project. In Chicago…

          …..on the SOUTH side of Chicago.

    • jtrain23

      IF….and it is a huge if, Ozzie could keep his mouth shut to the media, keep his temper in control, and gain the forgiveness of Cubs fans, I could see some value of him on a coaching staff.

      He is willing to stand up and fight for what he believes in and nobody could ever question his passion. It is far stretch though and way to big of a risk for the Cubs to take. The potential negative results could FAR outweigh any positives.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Unfortunately, there’s no “ifs, ands, or buts” about it:
        Ozzie cannot control his tongue. There is no governor over it.

        • SuzyS

          and then…there is the matter of Ozzie Jr….:-)

          • Ripsnorter1

            Ain’t that the truth. I forgot about that mouth.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just saw reports that D. Martinez might get the Nationals job…..and Gullien & Tigers are talking.

    • Ripsnorter1

      That’s good news. He won’t come here……

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  • Michael Son

    If Ozzie can exorcise the demons from 2003 when he was with the Marlins, I’m all for him signing on as a coach.