Cubs Managerial Search Expected to Kick into High Gear

Reports should surface in the next couple of days that the Cubs have asked for and been granted permission from the Red Sox to interview Torey Lovullo. The Red Sox are basking in the glory of winning their third World Series Championship in 10 years but soon after the parade on Saturday morning, Ben Cherington should receive a phone call from either Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer.

While Brad Ausmus’ stock maybe rising within the Cubs’ organization, the front office has been waiting for the Red Sox season to come to an end so they can formally speak with Torey Lovullo. The Cubs have interviewed five other candidates, and possibly Brad Ausmus, but it is pretty obvious they would like to talk to Torey Lovullo before moving forward in the process.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been very quiet, as promised, since Sveum was dismissed. The front office has interviewed A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta, Rick Renteria, Dave Martinez, Eric Wedge and an unnamed mystery candidate that could be Brad Ausmus. Hinch and Renteria are believed to still be in the mix, while Acta and Martinez do not appear to be in the running for the job at this point. It is unclear as to where Eric Wedge stands after interviewing with Epstein and Hoyer earlier in the week.

Theo Epstein put a loose deadline of Nov. 11 of having a new manager in place. If the front office is still working with that deadline then the process should move quickly over the next seven days. There is not believed to be a favorite for the job but that should change soon with the Sun-Times reporting “the Cubs still expect to have a new manager in place sometime around the end of next week.”

The Tribune reported on Wednesday night that Torey Lovullo could quickly emerge as the favorite for the job. Considering the Cubs have not formally talked to Lovullo, the Red Sox bench coach seems to know a lot about the direction of the organization.

Torey Lovullo has been very complimentary of the Cubs and thinks the team “will contend soon under Epstein’s plan.” Lovullo told the Sun-Times, “I think that whoever gets to sit in that seat is going to be in a really good situation and one that has stability and a long-term plan in place.”

The Sun-Times reported that Lovullo “is intrigued by the vision” and said, “I do know there’s a pretty good blueprint in place that’s here, that Theo started. I know that he sees that it works, so he can take that same blueprint over to Chicago, and it’s going to work. It’s a matter of time before it works.”

The Cubs have talked to Rick Renteria at least two times, and he was thought to be the frontrunner for the job. Renteria has interviewed with the Mariners and he formally interviewed for the Tigers’ managerial opening on Thursday. Dave Dombrowski flew to San Diego to interview Renteria because he still cannot travel due to recent hip surgery. Dombrowski and Renteria have a history from their days together in the Marlins’ organization. Plus, Renteria played for former Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland.

The Tigers have also interviewed Brad Ausmus and they will reportedly ask the Red Sox for permission to interview Torey Lovullo as well.

The Cubs have competition for the three candidates that appear to be on their shortlist, but interest from other teams is not expected to speed up the process for the Cubs’ front office.

Coaching Staff

The contracts of the 2013 coaching staff are believed to have expired on Thursday.  Theo Epstein said that the coaching staff was free to look for other jobs when he dismissed Dale Sveum more than a month ago. According to multiple reports, the front office would like to retain Chris Bosio, Lester Strode and Dave McKay. The front office has conducted interviews with candidates to fill out the coaching staff for next season so they can give recommendations to the new manager. Alex Cora is one name believed to be high on the front office’s list of possible coaches. And another possibility is current Daytona Cubs hitting coach, Mariano Duncan.

Stay tuned for updates from the Cubs’ Skipper Search

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  • Tom U

    Further information on the Roberto Clemente League:

    IF Edwin Maysonet will be with Santurce; RHP Daniel Bard with Caguas; Catchers Rafael Lopez and Neftali Rosario with Mayaguez.

    Carolina has not released their roster yet.

  • 07GreyDigger

    I imagine the resolution to this is forthcoming. Sometime mid week I presume.

  • CubsfannearSeattle

    Still crossing my fingers for Eric Wedge. … Even if it’s only as a bench coach he would be a nice addition. Can’t wait to see how this plays out over the course of the next two weeks!

    • 07GreyDigger

      Ugh. Please no. He did great for the Mariners didn’t he? All those young guys look awesome so far. Smoak, Ackley, Saunders. Doing great!

      • Theboardrider

        He’s definitely not my first choice. Ausmus or Lovullo I’m hoping…

        • cubtex

          I just hope it isn’t Hinch. The young team in Arizona never responded to him then….what makes anyone think that a couple of years later things will be different?

          • Ripsnorter1

            Hinch did an apprenticeship under Dale Sveum.
            He’s fixed for life now!


      • CubsfannearSeattle

        Are you even remotely aware of the situation here in Seattle and the differences of philosophies that caused a rift between him and the FO? …Didn’t think so. …. Trust me, it’s not entirely Wedge’s fault for the Mariner’s lack of success. Furthermore, if you’re only going to focus on his ability with ‘young guys’ – then you better take into account what he was able to do when he was with Indians. … I agree that he is probably not the Cub’s first choice, but I doubt you will find a manager with more integrity and competency. … Whoever is the next manager of the Cubs certain has their work cut out for them and ‘long-term’ I want a person like Wedge on my team. … Even if he is just added as a coach – would still love to see it.

        • TrevorPetersma

          I’ll be honest, I don’t know that much about Wedge so I’m not that excited about him. However, I do appreciate someone who had a front row seat to his managing giving us another opinion. I don’t know how many times I read articles on my favorite sports teams from even the so called “professionals” who really are clueless about what is happening within the team, including all the dynamics that are often glossed over. This entire coaching search is intriguing to me but I recognize quickly that I’m out of my league to second guess hiring decisions right now. Thanks for the input.

        • 07GreyDigger

          I totally took it upon myself to look up Eric Wedge and those Indian teams. I totally forgot about the success he had with them. Not to mention the sick mustache he has now.

          He checks a lot of boxes the team is looking for, but I really think he was more of an information gathering interview much like Manny Acta.

          However, while I used Smoak, Ackley and Saunders as negatives, he worked with young players like Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera, CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee and Coco Crisp to name a few. That’s pretty impressive. Maybe I like Eric Wedge more now.

          • CubsfannearSeattle

            Thank you for doing the research. I agree that his chances for the job are remote, but until I hear otherwise I’ll keep crossing my fingers! …. And just so you know – last time I saw him (end of the season) the mustache was long gone! :)

          • 07GreyDigger

            That’s too bad. I dug the Fu Manchu that was graying at the bottom. Pretty sweet.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Day 32….Theo is shifting from low gear to high gear on the managers search.

    What we have learn so far……

    – many candidates

    – key candidate resign with the Yanks

    – Theo forcing old coaches on new manager

    – more candidates to be interview

    – the famous “mystery” candidate not revealed yet

    – Dale found a job days after being fired.

    – Cubs candidates waiting on Tigers manager’s job offer first.

    – Theo wants his guy…..Jed wants his…..

    – no second interviews yet….

    – Luvello is next on deck.

    escuchar esto en spansh pulse dos

    • Theboardrider

      I don’t know that anyone is waiting on Tigers offer first. It’s hard to say that since the Cubs haven’t offered anyone yet. And while that’s an attractive job for next year there’s a lot to like about the Cubs going forward. For a first time manager the Cubs job may be preferable to the Tigers. The expecation and microscope of that job will be crazy. If the new guy doesn’t get them to a world series next year he will be criticized. For a new coach cutting his teeth working in Chicago for a team with zero current expectations but a high ceiling in 2-3 years might be much more attractive.

      Critic you always post so many things as absolutes that I just don’t see how you draw the conclusion. Many of your opinions may be true but you present them as gospel. I’ve asked before and I’ll ask again, do you have some insider that you speak with? Regarding the “managers waiting on Tigers offer,” are you an acquaintance of one of them or their agent? Where do you get the confidence to present your guesses as absolute doctrine?

      • cubtex

        While I agree with a lot of what you said….there is no way that if I have a choice to take the Tigers job or the Cubs job…that I choose the Cubs. You have a chance to manage a core of Scherzer,Verlander,Sanchez with an MVP in Miggy leading your lineup?

        You have a chance to win a WS and create your own legacy as a manger and you would take a job like the Cubs over that? For a new coach cutting his teeth as you say….he could turn into the next Dale Sveum,Terry Bevington,Mike Quade who have an opportunity to manage with zero chance of winning and might never get another opportunity again. Give me the Tigers job 10 times out of 10.

        • Ripsnorter1

          That post of yours demonstrates just what you know, Cubtex.

          Don’t you understand that people come to Wrigley for the Ivy?
          That’s why we cannot leave Wrigley Field. Wrigley Field is the only
          reason people come to the ball park. The fans do not come to watch
          the players play.

          Likewise, managers manage at Wrigley for the Ivy. It’s not
          for the ballplayers. It isn’t about winning.

          “It’s the Ivy, stupid!”


          This is a joke. But the idea that the Cubs would have first choice
          at a managerial candidate over other winning franchises is also a joke.

          • Ripsnorter1

            And speaking of ballparks…

            I’d take a modern, retractable roofed stadium over Wrigley Field
            1 million times out of 1 million times. Miller Park. The Great American
            Ballpark in Cincinnati is beautiful (yes, I know it’s not retractable roofed).

            But a clean sheet, new stadium with all the amenities would be sooooooo nice.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          yeah…but then you have to live in Detroit. That would seriously give me pause.

          There really is something to be said for “quality of life” and if you are going to make millions either way, I gotta believe there are a few people that will take the location they like best over a couple extra dollars.

          Greg Maddux supposedly took Atlanta over the Yankees (I believe that was the story) either though the yanks would pay more.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Dale had a 3 year contract…..and 2 years was enough. The next manager will have more pressure on him then Dale had……..from the FO, from fans and the media……..if this Cubs team makes the playoffs by 2016, that will be a victory for Team Theo.
        Many qualified managers are staying away from this Cubs job. I believe Baker, Baylor and Pinniella got the word out of what will happen here in Chicago if you become a manager.
        We will be back here by 2016 who the next Cubs manager will be due to the low quality of qualified managers right now.

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  • TrevorPetersma

    After the coach is on board, I look forward to the return of the hot stove. I heard a crazy one today that I refuse to even mention the players/teams involved as I just don’t think it is credible. But it did get me excited again about that time of year. 95% talk and wild speculation but still fun.

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  • Neil

    Arizona Diamondbacks hired former Cubs first base coach Dave McKay. McKay will hold the same position with Arizona on Kirk Gibson’s staff

    • Ripsnorter1

      Frankly, I think that stinks for us.
      He’s the only coach I wanted us to retain.

      I really liked his work. UGH!!