Cubs Announce the Hiring of Rick Renteria

The Cubs officially announced the hiring of Rick Renteria as the 53rd manager in franchise history just after noon on Thursday. Renteria signed a three-year contract that includes club options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The financial terms of the contract have not been released.

Rick Renteria will meet with the Chicago media via a phone press conference at 4:30pm CST on Thursday.

As for Renteria’s coaching staff for the 2014 season, Chris Bosio has reportedly signed a two-year contract to return as the Cubs’ pitching coach. Lester Strode and Mike Borzello are also expected to return. According to a report from the Sun-Times, A.J. Hinch could be in the mix to be Renteria’s bench coach. Alex Cora, Mariano Duncan and Henry Blanco could also be candidates for coaching jobs with the Cubs.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    NON-TENDER CANDIDATES.
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    Darwin Barney. Yup. He’s arby eligible, and he had the 8th worst season for a starting
    2nd basemen since the beginning of time. Oh, the Cubs won’t non-tender him. They’ll
    probably promote him instead.

    Bard and Gamel are also arby eligible.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I get why you could non-tender him, but even if he’s not a starter, he’s valuable in a utility role. I imagine at this point, he’s a placeholder until Baez or Alcantara are ready.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Barney, if he doesn’t sign, could take the Cubs to arbitration.

        JHendry, if a player took him to arbitration, automatically dealt him away.
        (See Theriot, Ryan). The Cubs could just release the guy.

        But I agree with you: they won’t.

      • DWalker

        Its not like he will ever be a great, or even good bat, but considering how screwed up the supposidly good bats were this year I can easily see giving him another year. especially with his value on defense to see if a differnt set of coaches brings him up to at least servicable.

    • Tony_Hall

      Most likely, the Cubs will work out a deal to non-tender him and sign him to a reduced contract.

  • Steve Baier

    I would like to see Mariano Duncan on the big-league staff. But we shall see.

  • NCCubfan

    The contract sounds like the Front Office is timing things for when Girardi becomes available next time!!!

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I am CubbyDenCritic confident that didn’t have anything to do with it.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    The Poll Question of the Day……
    With Rick Renteria as the new Cubs Manager, as a Cubs fan, you will……..
    A – Believe Renteria is the Man to bring us a World Series
    B – Buy Cubs Season Tickets
    C – Wait & See what happens in 2014
    D – Stay away from the Cubs until they start to win

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      E. Support him and the team 100% and hope for the best.

      • Denver Mike

        You know, when the Cubs hired Sveum I didn’t have the greatest feeling about it. I didn’t know much about hiim, so I didn’t hold it against him and, decided to try to go into it with an open mind.

        With Renteria, I don’t know much about him either, but I have a different feeling this time around. I am still going to go into it with an open mind, and not set my expectations too high, but your statement sums it up. I’ll just say that something about what I have read about his personality really makes me root for him, and I am hoping for the best indeed!

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          From what I read he is nurturing which I absolutely think all these young guys need. Not somebody that is gonna call them out in the media. And he speaks spanish which will be an advantage.

          I would have preferred Girardi (who never even interviewed and in reality was never a candidate outside some wishful thinking boardroom conversations. I think I would have preferred Lovello but that is an extremely uneducated preference. In the end Renteria is the guy. He may lead us to a world series. One thing I hope is as fans we live in the now and stop guessing who the next guy will be or talking about holding spots for someone else.

          • BosephHeyden

            Renteria was the best choice available, for whatever that’s worth. I couldn’t say the same for Sveum, because I thought there were a number of candidates Theo didn’t consider that would have done better (yes, even Sandberg, since he was an option at the time).

            Renteria, I can safely say is the best fit of the available coaches, both interviewed and not, for the Cubs. Girardi, as you mentioned, wasn’t even an option. Lovello wasn’t going to be given up by the Red Sox. Neither Maddux wants this job. The only person I thought might fit the mold would have been Davey Martinez, but then I was reminded as to the alleged reason why he was traded before, and then it became a very real possibility that he’d have a media circus of Chicago beat writers constantly harping him for it, creating a distraction this team does not need.

            Renteria may work, he may not. They’ve already made it clear they aren’t expecting to compete this year, so we’ll see how they are in 2015.

          • cubtex

            Didn’t you defend Sveum when I called him out on that issue several times last year? Sveum constantly tried to motivate by fear and threats and you and several posters thought there was nothing wrong with that. Just sayin.

          • cubtex

            John and Tony. C’mon. If you are going to give me down arrows at least say something. What is inaccurate about what I said. You both defended Sveum by doing this. What do you think is better? Ripping players and threatening to send them to AAA? Which you both said was OK. Or nurturing and standing by your young players? It can’t be both. Do tell John and Tony. Don’t just leave a down arrow. Lol

          • Tony_Hall

            Not I down arrowing you sir. I believe you should know by now that I will tell you what I think, especially with you.

            I agree that Sveum’s attempts to use the media to make a point were poorly done. But I don’t have a problem using the media when done properly.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Welcome to the Club…… People who give out down arrows and lack skills & guts to reply.

          • John_CC

            I don’t do down arrows.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I don’t believe I ever agreed with that tactic. I go with Tito’s style. In the media you take all blame on yourself, then light em up in the locker room. And even then just for hustle, etc. if a guy is giving his all jumping down his throat is never going to help.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        No “E’…..Follow the Directions or your answer will be wrong.
        You must have been at the Bottom of the Class

    • RynoTiger

      A – with edits
      It’s not one person who gets a team to a World Series, it’s an entire organization that gets a team there.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Renteria said in a press conference call that there is lots of talent on this Cubs team…….
    we can start laughing in 3….2….1…..

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Did you expect him to come out and call them all losers?

      • RynoTiger

        The Den just expected Renteria to have the same hatred and loathing for the Cubs

      • Ripsnorter1

        It would have been more honest. I mean, we just came
        off the two worst seasons in ChiCubs history. That’s saying something.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          True but at your nitro ductwork (I am editing this because I tried to type “introductory” but somehow my original comment posted came out as “nitro ductwork, ” and it looked so funny I thought I’d leave it!) press conference honesty isn’t always the best policy. The fans may have liked it but the team would have quit before he even got to the dugout and the FO would have been scratching their heads. Much like blasting players in the media this is a conversation best had behind closed doors.

          • Tony_Hall

            I was actually interested in getting some of that nitro ductwork!

      • CubbyDenCritic

        More like this team “SUCKS” and needs help.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Bums……Stinkers…..Terrible…….Really, Really Bad……Rejects………Crummy……
        ..Amateurs………Lazy……….
        Any of the above will do to describe this team.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Do you want a hardy laugh? Then hang on…

    “Free agent, right-handed starters Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco are both looking for five-year deals, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The former hopes to earn a $100MM guarantee, while Nolasco is asking for $80MM, sources tell Rosenthal.”

    Ervin Santana? Mr. INconsistent? Mr. “I geeeve up zee long boll.”

    Let’s check the stats on the aspiring $100 million dollar man.
    9-10 for the KC Royals. He couldn’t even win 10 games for this team.
    211 IP…26 taters allowed in 2013
    178 IP…39 taters allowed in 2012
    1.142 WHIP in 2013 looks pretty, but it’s a career best.
    He’ll be 31 in Dec, 2013.

    He’s not for me.

    • cubtex

      Don’t laugh quite yet Rip. Who knows what Theo might do. Remember he signed EJax at 4 years and 52 mil last year.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Look at my post about Greenberg’s column.

      • Tony_Hall

        By Santana and Nolasco demands, makes EJAX look like a bargain!

      • John_CC

        Which will look like a bargain if Santana or Nolesco get over 15M$ per from anyone.

        Don’t get me wrong, I was Never a fan of Jackson before he was a Cub and still am not. But Ervin Santana is not that much better. If he gets even 5 and 80 it makes the EJax contract look good. Its just crappy reality of the cost of decent young pitching.

        • cubtex

          John. EJax’s contract will never look like a bargain. An overpay on another contract doesn’t make your poor contract look any better.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        They will both likely get it. That is the market unfortunately. But yeah Rip, I saw that run across the bottom of my screen during the football game and had to shake my head.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      If teams are crazy enough to give these two guys all that money, just think we will get when Samardzija will be in demand next July…..Panic Button will be pushed and the Prospects in return will be great!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Jon Greenberg writes:
    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9937911/rick-renteria-realize-tenure-chicago-cubs-manager-not-built-last

    “Advice to Renteria: Rent, don’t buy”

    The Chicago Cubs are expected to name Rick Renteria as the 53rd ex-manager in team history Thursday.
    Congrats, Rick. We hardly knew ye.

    What, you think this guy is going to be dumping Old Style, I mean delicious Budweiser, over Theo Epstein’s head when they win the World Series?

    If you’re a Cubs fan, I’ll give you a pass. You guys will believe anything.
    Renteria is another placeholder, another future firing candidate.”

    • John_CC

      For the love of god can you just give it a flipping rest for one flipping day!?

      Already joyously gloating over the guys inevitable firing before he’s made statement?

      BS man. So lame and tired.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      He may be, he may not be. If he does well he won’t be a placeholder. His success or lack thereof will dictate that.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Wow. It’s been 40 years already.

    Fergie dealt to Texas for Bill Madlock and Vic Harris.

    Ahh. Vic Harris, the memories! He hit .195 in his first year as a Cub, and .179 the next.
    Finally the Cubs got wise [sic] and dealt him to the Cards for Mick Kelleher, the Mario Mendoza of
    the ChiCubs (lifetime BA: .213).

    And Bill Madlock. I could have killed them for trading this All-Star for over-the-hill, washed up
    Bobby Murcer and Steve Ontiveras. And all because they did not want to pay Madlock. They paid
    Bobby Murcer more than Madlock was asking.

    Now that’s typical ChiCubs baseball!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Terrible trade……gave away Madlock for nothing……..at least Mick kicked (Mets) Kingman’s a** after a dirty slide into second base.