Waiting on Girardi, Interviewing Acta and Other Cubs Managerial Candidates

The Yankees and Cubs are both waiting for Joe Girardi to decide if he will stay in the Bronx or if he will explore other managerial jobs, including the opening on the North Side of Chicago. The Cubs and Yankees are not the only two teams that are thought to have interest in Girardi. The Nationals have asked the Yankees for permission to speak with Girardi and both the Reds and Dodgers could have interest in Girardi according to multiple reports. It is believed that if Girardi was to leave the Yankees it would only be to manage the Cubs. The Yankees have yet to grant permission for another team to officially speak with Girardi, and that includes the Cubs.

While multiple reports have suggested the Cubs are communicating with Girardi through back channels, those reports are actually feeding Girardi all of the information he would need.

The Tribune reiterated on Sunday night that the Cubs are willing to top the Yankees offer and the Sun-Times confirmed the Tribune’s report on Monday night. According to the Sun-Times, the Cubs are willing to offer Girardi a longer contract worth more per year than the deal believed to be on the table from the Yankees.

Reports last week suggested the Yankees offer could be for three years in the $12 to 15 million range that could include escalators to increase the overall value of the deal.

Multiple reports from the New York media indicated the Yankees are willing to wait as long as necessary for Girardi to make a decision but the New York Times thinks if Girardi does not accept the Yankees’ offer by the end of the week “it is a strong indication he is willing to let his contract run out and entertain offers.”

As previously reported, one of the parameters Joe Girardi is believed to have asked Brian Cashman for last week was the ability to talk to the Cubs before his current contract expires.

And while the Yankees are willing to wait on Girardi, according to the Sun-Times, the Cubs could find out as early as Tuesday if they will have a chance to formally speak with Joe Girardi.

So if the Cubs are unable to sign Joe Girardi, what options are Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer exploring? The rumors are rampant at this point with a variety of names thought to be in the mix. But how many of those names are talking to the Cubs about coaching positions and not the manager’s job? As the Sun-Times reported, “some of the candidates interviewed during the process could wind up as coaching candidates if they don’t get the manager job.”

Multiple reports on Monday indicated that former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta was in Chicago to interview for the managerial opening. The Cubs are exploring ways to improve communication with the Latin players on the roster. The Sun-Times reported, the front office has “an eye toward finding a candidate with a proven track record of developing young players, and in particular, young Latin players.” Acta and Rick Renteria could help with the development and communication the Cubs feel they are missing on their coaching staff.

The Cubs are expected to talk with Rick Renteria this week in Arizona while Epstein and Hoyer are in town watching a few AFL games. Jed Hoyer is familiar with Renteria from his time in San Diego. Renteria has been Bud Black’s bench coach. The Padres announced on Monday that the team will bring back all seven of Bud Black’s coaches for the 2014 season, including bench coach Rick Renteria.

Sandy Alomar Jr. is thought to still be in the mix for a job with the Cubs. Reports on Monday indicated that Alomar Jr. is not believed to be as strong a candidate for the Cubs’ managerial job as once thought but according to the Sun-Times, Alomar Jr. “would not require an initial interview” and “his status as a candidate may depend on how others are evaluated first.” The Indians announced changes to Terry Francona’s coaching staff. Alomar Jr. was Francona’s bench coach this past season but Brad Mills will assume those duties next year with Sandy Alomar Jr. moving to first base coach.

Reports last Friday from Jesse Rogers and Bruce Levine indicated both Greg Maddux and Mike Maddux were interested in the Cubs’ managerial job. Recent reports have stated that neither Greg nor Mike are serious candidates for the Cubs’ job.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are believed to have interviewed A.J. Hinch last week and he is thought to be high on the Cubs’ list of managerial candidates, depending on what Joe Girardi decides.

The Cubs are busy coming up with alternatives if they lose out on The Joe Girardi Derby, and so are the Yankees. According to Andrew Marchand, the Bronx Bombers could turn to Don Mattingly, Pete Mackanin, Tony Pena, Willie Randolph, Dave Miley or Manny Acta, among others, if Girardi decides New York is no longer a fit for him or his family.

Stay tuned for updates from The Girardi Watch

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