According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs are talking to former Cubs and Red Sox third baseman Bill Mueller about joining the Cubs’ staff as hitting coach. The Cubs front office is obviously familiar with Mueller from their days together in Boston. Mueller has been a scout in the Dodgers’ system.
The Sun-Times confirmed the Cubs have retained Chris Bosio and Lester Strode.
Rick Renteria’s coaching staff could be announced in a week or so according to the report.
As for the rest of Renteria’s staff, the Cubs are expected to have two hitting coaches and will hire a first base coach, third base coach and bench coach. Reports have suggested Alex Cora, Mariano Duncan and Henry Blanco are in the mix for those positions.
According to the Sun-Times, Gary Jones and Bruce Fields could be possibilities for the base coach jobs. Renteria has a history with both men. Jones, a former Cub, is currently employed by the Padres. Fields spent last season as a roving hitting instructor in the Tigers’ organization and was the Indians’ hitting coach for a short time under Manny Acta.
Jon Heyman mentioned the possibility of the Cubs hiring Gary Jones and also reported that Jose Castro is in the running for a job on Renteria’s staff.