According to multiple reports, the Cubs will officially announce the hiring of Rick Renteria as be the 53rd manager of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Renteria has been seen as the frontrunner since Joe Girardi re-signed with the Yankees.
The hiring of Rick Renteria is expected to be announced on Thursday, but there will not be a press conference that includes Renteria at Wrigley Field. Renteria is recovering from hip surgery and is not able to travel.
According to the Sun-Times, Rick Renteria received a three-year contract that includes two club options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Rick Renteria checks several of the boxes for the front office. He has a reputation as an excellent teacher and communicator. Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are familiar with Renteria from their days together in the Padres’ organization, plus Renteria has a history with Anthony Rizzo. The 51-year old has been Bud Black’s bench coach for the last three seasons and has been with the Padres since Dec. of 2007.
The Cubs front office reportedly had their sights set on hiring a bilingual manager that could help with the development of players such as Starlin Castro, Welington Castillo, Javier Baez, Junior Lake, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara.
The Cubs are expected to retain Chris Bosio, Lester Strode and Mike Borzello. Renteria should name his coaching staff in the coming weeks.
Updated: 6:30pm CST – According to Bruce Levine, Chris Bosio has received a two-year contract to return as pitching coach for the Cubs.
The Cubs skipper search is over.