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.
Stay tuned for updates from the Cubs’ Skipper Search …