Cubs to Formally Interview Torey Lovullo

As expected the Cubs will formally interview Red Sox’s bench coach Torey Lovullo for the managerial opening in the coming week. Ken Rosenthal reported on Sunday morning that Torey Lovullo would “indeed interview with the Cubs, most likely early this week.”

Torey Lovullo would be the seventh known candidate to sit down with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer about the Cubs’ job.

After reports surfaced late Saturday night that Brad Ausmus would be named the replacement for Jim Leyland in Detroit, reports from David Kaplan pointed to Rick Renteria as being the favorite for the Cubs’ job. Renteria has ties to both Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod from their time together in the Padres’ organization. Renteria is reportedly a good teacher and communicator with managerial experience in the minors but he does not have any experience as a big league manager.

Kaplan reported Saturday night Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were indeed high on Brad Ausmus but feel the team needs a more experienced teacher than Ausmus.

Rick Renteria has eight years of minor league managerial experience and not only connections to Hoyer and McLeod but to Anthony Rizzo as well. Torey Lovullo has five years of minor league managerial experience and a connection to Theo Epstein from their one year together in the Boston organization. Kaplan reported Renteria is the frontrunner for the Cubs’ job not long after the news of Ausmus taking the job in Detroit hit the wire. According to Kaplan’s sources, the Cubs have made a thorough, “exhaustive” and “really detailed” search for the new manager.

There is still an unnamed candidate that is believed to have interviewed for the job.

It appears the front office has not made a decision yet, but is still expected to name a new manager at some point in the coming week. The Mariners are believed to be interested in Rick Renteria as well and both Renteria and Lovullo reportedly interviewed for the Tigers’ job.

As for the other five candidates, A.J. Hinch and Eric Wedge are behind Renteria and Lovullo on the Cubs’ list according to Kaplan. Dave Martinez and Manny Acta appear to be out of the mix at this point.

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  • Tony_Hall

    By next weekend, we will be discussing the new manager and the coaches he is naming and considering.

    I think the final 3 are Lovullo, Renteria, and Hinch.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      This time next week…..we be on candidate #8.

      • Tony_Hall

        And you talk about other people not bringing anything to the table when we discuss the Cubs.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Hey…..Piss Off…..you are annoying,

          • Tony_Hall

            And you wonder why people react like they do to your posts.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Conversation like this is not allowed. Thank you.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Hall is a bully……and just jealous I made the call on this.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I don’t have a problem with people disagreeing. I will not allow posters to talk to one another as you did this morning. As for Tony being a bully, I could not disagree more.

            Let’s keep the conversation to baseball and the Cubs. Thank you.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Mr. Cubby Den,

            I like you. Yes, I support you posting here. But bad language is not
            good. And the other day, someone told you to “just go away.” I should have
            spoken up and told them that they do not have that right here. I do not own this
            website, and therefore I do not have the right to boss people around. But what I
            am trying to say is that we can all be nice, even if others disagree with our posts.

            Hey, lots of folks think I am too negative. But I still love all of the folks here.
            And I do not want you to go away. But everyone here can speak nicely to one another.

            Your Friend,
            Ripsnorter

          • Tony_Hall

            Says a lot when Rip is trying to get someone to play nice!

          • Denver Mike

            For the record, I was the one who told him to “go away”, based on an unprovoked response to one of my posts that had nothing to do with the topic at hand, rather just an effort to knock me for being raised a White Sox fan.

            I am never going to get personally upset even slightly by something someone posts on the CCO, but at the same time if someone’s posts continually add nothing to the conversation and only serve to incite negativity from others then I do hope that they go away.

            Of course I don’t have the authority to banish anyone around here, however if someone chooses to directly or indirectly ridicule, harass, or insult me I believe I do have the right to suggest they move on to somewhere/someone else.

            I don’t mean this in any hostile fashion, however did want to clarify where I am coming from.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    At this point, Luvello has the Cubs by their balls of asking allot of money……..if he is the best guy out there now.

    • Tony_Hall

      This isn’t about money and he will not be getting any huge contract.

    • BosephHeyden

      I don’t know if any coaching candidate has been that “in demand” for any team in any sport that they could name their demands. Heck, Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher are still commentating and you know every team would love to have them as their head coach in the NFL, and yet neither is picked up because the asking price is too high they need too much power. And those are both guys that could win their teams games.

      Say what you will about baseball managers and their actual impact on the on-the-field product, but it would not be hard to argue that they have less of an overall impact than an NFL head coach has on their team, so they likely have less of a shot at possessing demands.

      That being said, Lovullo does have the personal benefit of being the bench coach for the defending world champs. So if he so chose, he could make some larger-than-average demands of any team looking to make him their skipper. But outside of the to-be-expected pay raise from bench coach to manager, large demands are unrealistic and don’t have to be met, since the Cubs right now are the team with the opening.

    • John_CC

      I don’t think so. Girardi, if he had gotten to the negotiation stage, would have had the Cubs … backed into a corner.

      Coaches looking for their first job as a manager do not control the team offering to give them their first chance at “the big leagues” if you will.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    This team still needs Pitching to compete……we have good hitters coming up……but some where down the line we need to sign good pitchers….or develop them or trade for them………..if this team is not above 500 after 2015 season, we be back again at this same time looking for a new manager…….Ricketts will complain legal costs from the Roof Top owners lawsuits and court injuctions on out field sign revenue halted the Cubs of spending on free agents.

    • Tony_Hall

      I think we have stockpiled quite a few good arms. Teams need lots of arms as many fail.

      CJ Edwards, Pierce Johnson, Paul Blackburn, Arodys Vizcaino Kyle Hendricks
      Rob Zastryzny, Duane Underwood, Dillon Maples, Neil Ramirez, Corey Black
      Ivan Pineyro, Tyler Skulina, Ben Wells, Daury Torrez, Juan Paniagua
      Trevor Clifton, Ryan McNeil, Trey Masek, Scott Frazier, Armando Rivero

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

    Just googled information about Rick Renteria. Have to say he certainly doesn’t look like what I expected for the next Cubs manager. I realize he’s only 51 but the grey hair just makes him look like there is no way he will connect with young players. But he does speak spanish. And hey, Sveum looked like a great manager, similar look to Lovullo. We all know how that turned out.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I hope you are not in HR……..denying some a job based on hair color is age discrimination.
      My landscapers speak spanish and have black hair and are young…….should we interview them for the Cubs job?

      • Tony_Hall

        And this adds what to the conversation about the Cubs?

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

        Thanks for taking the comment and running with it. You read more into that comment than my wife does when I say something. All I said is he didn’t look like what I had expected based on what they’ve had as criteria.

        And Tony, it’s a comment. Sorry if it doesn’t “add to the conversation.” If you don’t like it ignore it.

        • Tony_Hall

          I wasn’t talking to you with that comment, it was a reply to critic dude. I actually had the same thought when I first say him.

          • Guest

            Oh, okay. Sorry, Critic always seems to bring out the worst…

          • Tony_Hall

            That is his only goal with posting to cause trouble. He has been kicked off of most sites and this one before.

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

            And just to clarify, I am by no means knocking an older manager, which at 51 Renteria is not. Just saying the pictures surprised me based on the image I had in my head from hearing what it was the FO was looking for.

            Leyland, McKeon, Stengel…there are plenty examples of successful seniors as managers.

            As long as he is good with young players and isn’t the second coming of Sweet Lou I have no problem of anyone at any age.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Mr. Boardrider,

          Does you wife need some training? LOL

          I think Mr. Lovullo has the job. Period. He’s a lock, imo.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Neil……an you find out if Ausmus told the Cubs he was taking the Tigers job or did they find out through the media.
    Ausmus talked with the Tigers first……and still interview with the Cubs. I like to see if Ausmus showed any respect to Team Theo.
    Things like that are remembered down the line later on.

    • Tony_Hall

      There have been no reports of this and I doubt there will be any.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Source?

        • Tony_Hall

          You want me to list a source for a non report? And you wonder why we all think you are a crazy old man!

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

            That made my day…

          • CubbyDenCritic

            When you start calling people names, you lost your argument.

          • Tony_Hall

            Whatever makes sense in that head of yours.

          • Chuck

            Critic, you are a total moron. Stop wasting everyone’s time with your BS. You always try to act like you have some secret source of information that makes your commentary more valuable than everyone else’s. If anything, it’s far less valuable. I love this site, but get so sick of your posts clogging up the feed and wasting my time.. Not to mention the annoying lines of dots after after sentence. Take a grammar class.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Ausmus is gone……move on.
    Starting Monday, the local sports radio media will be ripping into Theo and this search process…….just think if we had to do this again in two or three years……I hope not……….but when you start to scrap the bottom of the manager candidate barrel, you won’t be finding any Harvard, Yale or Dartmouth candidates………Jim Hendry, he got his guys…… Baylor, Baker and Piniella………..Theo is striking out left and right here on getting his manager……Theo is now on Plan D it seems.

    • Tony_Hall

      You couldn’t be farther from the truth. He hasn’t offered the job to anyone yet. Ausmus was not going to be offered the job, and Girardi never interviewd and was never a candidate, even though many wanted him. He stated from the beginning a target date of November 11th, and we are a week away.

    • BosephHeyden

      The local media has already been ripping on Theo since he got rid of Sveum, since their first manager was a flop. But it isn’t really because of the Sveum flopping that they’re ripping on him, rather the fact that Chicago media seems to live in a world completely different than ours and expected Theo to be a miracle cure to the Billy Goat and have us in the playoffs last year.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Please, don’t say you believe in that “Curse” stuff……………..it is not a curse……it is a Failure of the Cubs system to produce a winner.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Seems like some people woke up on the wrong side of the bed ……………….over 100 years of frustration is showing up………………..I hope no one “chuck’ their Wheaties out this morning when they read the Ausmus story……………..the fact is the Pressure is building up for the Cubs FO…………and will be on the next manager………..Now it is a fact that this process started the day after Dale was fired…….Girardi was the top candidate, but he stayed with the Yanks, …..a week from now, there will some who said Ausmus was never a candidate………………or neither was Dave Martinez………or Luvello……..or Renteria……….or Wedge……………..
    I would like to see Henry Blanco get an interview……come on Theo & Jed………..give Henry a call.

  • cbsmock

    I know this is sort of random, but why isn’t Alan Trammel being considered?? He was highly regarded while bench coach…

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Same reason why McKay was not considered…..there are some who are born to be Managers, and others as Coaches……Trammell had 383 percentage as a manager for three seasons…………with the Tigers.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Outside of the Tigers job, I did not hear or read that Trammell was interested in managing again. The Tigers interest was probably more speculation than anything else. I’m not sure if he would mix well with the front office. It was curious to me as to why Hendry passed him over and gave the job to Quade at the time.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Reasons why Tony Luvello will not take the Cubs job
    1 – There will be better managers jobs later on…
    2 – Just won a World Series……..ride with it…..could be a few more down the line……
    3 – No pitching on this Cubs team…….
    4 – Three straight 90 loss seasons……..looking at four….
    5 – Theo is a friend…..friends hate to fire friends…….
    6 – Lack of ownership to spend $$$$$$ on F/A’s
    7 – Having to keep certain ex-coaches from previous Manager………
    8 – Media pressure…..and it will happen even more now…..
    9 – Pressure to win quickly……not by 2018 or later…..
    10 – Being a Scapegoat at the end when you cannot win.

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

      “Tony Lovello” will take the job if he is offered it, in my opinion.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I’m bad……I have seen him called Tony and Torey in the press……

      • Tony_Hall

        Of course he will.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I think he’s a lock already.

      We’ll see who’s right on this.

    • bpot92

      I actually think the pitching wont be too terrible. Mlbtrade rumors suggested they could go after benoit, and others and with Shark, Wood, and say 3-4 FA pickups or trades between the SP and Rp (say Benoit, Scott Baker, Trade RP, and maybe another Feldman or Villenueva Pickup/ Prospect) and they could have a decent pitching staff. Not world Series Contending, but build it up to keep the young guys in games and build confidence. Id like to see Hendricks up in late may/June if not earlier and Grimm should get a chance in the pen/5th role as will Villenueva.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If Seattle hires a Cubs candidate before Theo does………….then we might see Bosio as the next Cubs manager…….until a better candidate shows up.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Maybe Theo should interview Tony Hall.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I am asking once again to stop this. I do not allow posters to be called out by others as well. Thank you.

    • RynoTiger1

      uh oh..you’ve awoken the wrath and anger of Neil….you won’t like Neil when he’s angry…
      Neil, if you need some tattered and cut off purple jean shirts for when you Hulk up, let me know

  • Ripsnorter1

    Why bother interviewing this guy? He’s already hired.

    Just going through the motions…..

    • cubtex

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torey_Lovullo

      Not nearly as impressive a resume as Ausmus.

      Highlights- Father was producer of the TV show Hee Haw :))

      Managed the 2010 PawSox to a 66-78 record to a 4th place finish.

      If hired. This guy will be a placeholder like Sveum.

      • Tony_Hall

        Aren’t all managers in professional sports (business too) hired to be fired? That makes all guys placeholders to a certain extent. Whoever they hire, will determine their own fate by how well they help develop the young players into major league players and in turn, start to win games with them.

      • bpot92

        I do not think W/L record in the minors is as important as how the team progressed. Especially with AAA rosters, some years you will have a bunch of system players, some will have a top prospect for about a month or two ,some are young teams. I think if you consistently have a good W/L record then its one thing as you may be able to motivate and teach better than others, but one season in my opinion is kind of hard to judge without really watching that team

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Cubs been going through the motions for over 105 years now…….you get use to it.

    • Tony_Hall

      Not so fast, I think Renteria is the leader in the clubhouse.

      • Ripsnorter1

        That cab driver friend of mine insists that the party is over.
        LOL

        Frankly, I think it’s a done deal. Lovullo’s da man in Chicagoland.

        • Tony_Hall

          I think I know who that crazy cab driver friend is now…..makes up stories all the time….even while driving his cab….around Chicago…..hey those leaves are falling….wasn’t that Dusty and Riggleman walking into Wrigley….ice cream man!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    According sources from Boston, No team including the Cubs have not asked permission yet to interview Lovullo………….meanwhile on the other side of the Rocky mountains, Seattle is having their second go around with their candidates……….

    Source…….http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/11/managerial-notes-ausmus-cubs-lovullo-mariners.html

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      The report came from Rob Bradford (WEEI) and has been picked up by Comcast SportsNet. He is the only Boston reporter that I know of reporting the Cubs have not received permission to speak with Lovullo.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Dave Kaplan saying…”Oh Ausmus was not that good anyway….he was not a teacher”……….
    How do these guys get their jobs?
    How soon they jump off the Bandwagon.

    • Tony_Hall

      Actually what Kaplan said was “…Decided they need experienced teacher” Never said he was not that good anyway. That is how these guys get their jobs, they don’t change what others say when they quote others.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    So I am the President / CEO / GM of the Boston Red Sox…….and an ex-employee named Theo Epstein wants permission to talk to my coach for a job……….hmmmmmmm……should I say “No”…..or should I say “yes” with a condition!…….I say “Yes”…..and if Lovullo is hired, I want a Prospect in return………okay, I am not getting Bryant, Soler, Almora or Baez………and I don’t want Vitters or Bjax……..(DL) Vizcaino is out…….Szczur is a backup outfielder………..so it has to be either Alcantara or Vogelbach that Boston will ask for…….or a James Russell.
    Yes Theo, it has become crunch time to get a manager.

    • John_CC

      To my knowledge coaches are not under contract. And when a coach has the opportunity become a manager is standard practice for his team to let him go.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Coaches have contracts with teams……but we are dealing with Boston & Theo…..where past differences have occurred with past personal.
        Yes, Boston should let him go, but I think this can be an issue just because it is the Cubs & Theo.

        • bpot92

          Id have a hard time thinking they would hold up a bench coach from a promotion because it involves a former coworker that mentored you. If anything, I would think there would be mutual respect that both clubs feel this person is valuable. The coach would feel angry if a team didnt let him take a promotion over hurt feelings from three years ago. Not good business practices in my opinion if that were to happen. Part of winning is knowing that people in your organization will be purged, as the Cardinals Gm said I believe.

    • jtrain23

      It would be a dirty move on Boston’s part to do that to Lovullo. He was an integral part of their success this year, and has the opportunity to get a big league coaching job. It would be unprecedented if the Red Sox let their disdain for Theo supersede their loyalty and appreciation for Lovullo.

      Even if they did go against tradition, asking for any of the three candidates you mentioned would be asinine.

    • Denver Mike

      I’m pretty sure that when you are offering a promotion, asking for permission is really just a formality, and the coach’s current team can’t deny the team asking. The only reason the Red Sox got compensation for Theo was A) he was under contract, and B) he was interviewing for the same position with the Cubs, not a promotion.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Seattle talking with Renteria…….
    tick…..tick…..tick…..tick……

  • cubtex

    mlbtraderumors has their early predictions of where the top 50 Free Agents will sign. I could see Chris Young since they are so lefthanded in the outfield.

    Cubs

    26. Joaquin Benoit – Cubs.
    MLBTR readers prefer Balfour to Benoit, though they’re both quality
    late-inning options who will get multiyear deals. Benoit, 36, set the
    market for setup men three years ago with a three-year, $16.5MM deal,
    and with 24 saves under his belt in 2013 he could earn that much or more
    for two years. The Cubs figure to add relief help of some sort, while
    the Tigers, Yankees, Indians, Angels, Mariners, Astros, Phillies,
    Brewers, Dodgers, and Rockies will also be in the market.

    50. Chris Young – Cubs. Young, 30, joined the
    Athletics via trade a year ago but had a lost season that included a DL
    stint for a quad strain. He should be able to serve as a lefty-mashing
    quality fourth outfielder who can handle all three positions, with the
    upside to play himself back into regular duty. He could join Ryan
    Sweeney in a platoon with the Cubs, while the Mariners and Phillies
    could also work.

    • Tony_Hall

      Young or Franklin Gutierrez for a RH OF.

      The Cubs will be tied to many bullpen arms.

      • TheWrongGuy

        Yes I can see this as well. I like both F. Gutierrez and C. Young.

        And while I am not against Joaquin Benoit. I know the FO is looking for another lefty bullpen arm.
        I can see them going after Boon Logan of the Yank’s. He also has very good experience at set-up and closed a few games for the Yank’s, AL East tested bull-pen arms are a good commodity to have. It makes Russel expendible at the trade deadline and Rosscup waiting in the wings at AAA. Just my thoughts.

    • JimBo_C

      Would like to see them pick up another lefty for the pen (Lopez, Howell, Logan) and a closer with experience on a short term contract (e.g. Rodney, Nathan, Perez, Balfour). I watched Benoit pitch a few times; he can be scary.

      • bpot92

        Maybe benoit would be insurance in case Strop cant close. I have to believe any FA BP arm we pick up will be a setup/bridge to our hopeful closer in Strop(based off previous hints they want to see strop try and close) that can also close if necessary. Just like Fujikawa was before he was injured (albeit ineffective) he could setup and close.

        • JimBo_C

          Insurance – I should have mentioned this context when I said short term contract. I concur with you that they need insurance in case Strop doesn’t have IT as a closer. I hope that they don’t get a policy that is too expensive.

          • bpot92

            Hopefully a bounch back canidate. I would love for them to go after Joel Hanrahan as a pickup with the thought of a late season trade that he could then step into the pen when healthy ala Scott Baker this year/ brian wilson for the dodgers

          • JimBo_C

            A “rebound” closer (like Wilson or Hanrahan) as an insurance policy could be a good way to go with base salary plus incentives.

    • Tony_Hall

      Maybe you missed their info on Garza.

      7. Matt Garza – Nationals. Limited to 259 innings over the last two seasons, our projected four-year deal in excess of $60MM would be unprecedented for a pitcher with a questionable recent health history. Once Garza recovered from a stress fracture in his elbow and a lat strain, he went on to make all 24 starts for the Cubs and Rangers this year. Since he was traded midseason, he’s ineligible for a qualifying offer, adding value in comparison to Santana. Garza is a hard thrower who has consistently posted sub-4.00 ERAs, with good K/BB ratios in recent years. The Nationals figure to bring in some kind of starter, while the Phillies, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Mariners, and Yankees also seem like potential fits. The Astros are my dark horse here.

      4 yrs $60M – and then called it unprecedented for a pitcher with a questionable health history. Also read somewhere this weekend, that said that Garza needed to stay in the NL.

    • Tony_Hall

      They are also predicting Feldman to re-sign with the Orioles. It is like they have been following what I have been saying about these guys.

      27. Scott Feldman – Orioles. The Cubs’ one-year, $6MM investment in Feldman a year ago paid off, as he provided 15 solid starts for them before being flipped to the Orioles in a trade for controllable players. The Orioles were happy with the results and Feldman could continue to stabilize their rotation on a new two-year deal. The Twins, Yankees, Blue Jays, Indians, Royals, Angels, Mariners, Astros, Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Brewers, Giants, Padres, and Rockies could fit on guys like this, basically half of baseball.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I hope Feldman returns to the Orioles. It will ensure that they won’t
        be in contention for 2014. Let Chris Davis hit another 50 taters: they’ll
        be second division with him on the mound.

  • Tony_Hall

    I think I predicted this, but the Rays have picked up DeJesus’s option and are discussing an extension.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/11/rays-exercise-club-option-on-david-dejesus-discussing-extension.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    • Ripsnorter1

      Congrats to the Rays. I’m glad he’s not here in Chicago.
      I hope they give him a 5 yr extension. They won’t be going
      to the post season with moves like this. The Yanks will
      return to the playoffs with the O’s and Rays helping them.

      You have to love an OF who can’t slug .400.

      Maybe the Rays will be trying to acquire Joey Gathright and
      Tony Campana to complete their OF.

      • Tony_Hall

        DDJ Career SLG is a robust 417

        I didn’t want him back, but he served his purpose with us and helped the Rays as well. Sam Fuld has played the last 3 years for the Rays, and they seem to win lots of games anyway, and he is a sub 400 SLG player off their bench.

        • bpot92

          I agree, with Wil Meyers and Jennings in Tampa, they need a veteran who can help spell them when they struggle and learn how to be a professional. For all that Dejesus couldnt do on the field, no one ever proclaimed he was a complete and total pro and leader in the club house.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    When I do predictions….all my predictions are in hermetically sealed envelopes. They are kept in a #2 mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnall’s porch every day. No one knows my predictions in these envelopes, until I say them here………
    and sometimes like everyone else knows about…….I see what other teams will do weeks ago on their players whose options will get picked up…..
    so there is no great surprise or Breaking News on what others tell us here………..
    As for future Cubs free agents……no doubt Theo will go after relief pitchers…..we all can discuss who we like, but what it really comes down to is which pitcher wants to come and play with the Cubs?…….once again, the Cubs will be at the back of the line to get the final pitchers who have little left in the gas tank.

    • bpot92

      I disagree, I think money talks and also the opportunity to pitch alot and possibly close. Although its known the Cubs want to give Strop the opportunity to close (at least at the end of last year), pitchers like Benoit and balfour know they are at the end of their careers and are looking for a 2-3 year deal and if they get the years/AAV they are looking for I think they would sign knowing if Strop cant close they can step in. None of those relievers are going to break the bank and the cubs can afford people like them a lot more than Ellsbury. If we sign a couple Rp and a SP and one OF and INF then they can be say 5 games below .500 in May/June and possibly call up some prospect that would to me be considered progress. Our big problem early last year was the bullpen losing games late and if not for that we wouldnt have lost 95+games, probably closer to 85-90, still bad but confidence is a huge factor in this game and it killed the confidence of the team losing so many games late.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just to remind all you Blue Kool Aid drinkers out there, Theo never did interview Renteria……it was two Cubs officials who went out West to meet with Renteria……….who is hobbling around after hip surgery……..and Renteria will not be ready until Spring Training…….would be nice to have a Manager who can run out to the pitchers mound and yell at our Pitchers instead watching someone that reminds you of Walter Brennan hobbling out to the mound.

    • Tony_Hall

      “Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer were in California on Monday interviewing Padres bench coach Rick Renteria for Chicago’s managerial opening.”

      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/padres-bench-coach-rick-renteria-interviews-to-be-cubs-manager?ymd=20131014&content_id=62945268&vkey=news_mlb

      • 07GreyDigger

        Oh boy. I missed out on some fun yesterday!

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Oh go on……you have time to say something.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I saw a report it was two other Cubs FO members…………so someone in the media is not reporting this story correctly.

        • Tony_Hall

          You may want to use more reliable sources in the future, or include the link so people can know where you got the information.

  • jtrain23

    I am intrigued by Lovullo. If I were conducting an interview, I would be very interested in knowing his take/role in the Red Sox success this year and failure last year. I realize he was not on the staff last year, but he was familiar with the roster after spending several years in the Sox minor league system.

    I would like a guy that knows how to take a team with a losing attitude and turn it around. Granted, many of the members of the Red Sox roster have won in their career at different points. He still might have some ideas on how to change the “culture” of the Cubs.

  • K_Gripp

    Torey Lovullo seems a lot like Dale Svuem. Ex-Player with limited success, No MLB managing experience, familiar with the “Boston way”, thought to be ready to step up as a manager, should be easy for FO to control, and easy for the FO to fire. That’s not to say that Lovullo cant be successful. I think Dale Svuem could have been successful if he wasnt managing one of the most poorly constructed teams in the league. I preferred Ausmus to the remaining candidates. I dont know enough about Renteria or Lovullo to make a judgement and I havent heard one good thing written about Hinch.

    As far as wins and losses go the manager is not going to impact that nearly as much as the decisions the FO makes this off season.

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