Rick Renteria to be Named Manager of the Chicago Cubs

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 CSTAccording 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.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Chris Bosio has received a two-year contract to return as pitching coach for the Cubs

  • Tony_Hall

    Congrats to Rick Renteria on being named the next manager of the Chicago Cubs.

    Of course he was not the first choice, but Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon, Mike Scioscia, Fredi Gonzalez, John Farrell (don’t go there!), Terry Francona, Don Mattingly, Ron Gardenhire, Bob Melvin, Bud Black, Bruce Bochy, Mike Matheny , Ron Washingotn, and John Gibbons were all under contract and not able to be taken from their teams. And unfortunately, Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Casey Stengal all have decided to stay retired.

    All these guys were chosen before Renteria, but he was the only one that was offered the job. Lucky for us he said YES!

    • John G.

      Indeed! The next available candidates were named Ozzie and Dusty.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        ….and Lee Elia.

        • Sanibelchuck

          add Jim Frey

  • STLCubsFan

    Happy to see the search finally come to a close. Although he wasn’t my initial choice, Renteria has a lot of experience coaching developing players in the minors for the Marlins and Padres, will be able to effectively communicate with our Latin players, and seems to be well respected by his former players and coaches.

    Welcome to the Windy City, Rick! Wish you the best!

    Now, time to move on to the Free agency. :)

  • Michael Son

    Renteria seems to check the boxes for what the Cubs presumably need but still can’t help but think it’d be nice to have Ryno in the dugout.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Time to get over Ryno…..that time has pass…….better to remember him as a Player for the Cubs…….would hate to see him get booed off the field if he failed as a Cubs Manager.

  • Tony_Hall

    Here is the info on the new MLB TV contracts that take affect in 2014 and bring $25M in additional revenue to each team. This is also, coincidentally, the same amount that it has been said the Cubs are adding to the budget of what they spent in 2013 on payroll.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-new-national-tv-contracts-and-2014-payrolls/

    • Dorasaga

      Thanks for sharing. I’ve been browsing Fangraphs twice every week since October, and must have missed this relevant to the Cubs.

  • Eugene Debs

    We actually signed an injured manager? That’s kinda funny.

    Good luck, Renteria. Seems like a pretty good choice, I guess.

    • coachdon

      He should fit right in with all of the TJ rehab projects. They can get to know each other at therapy…

      • Ripsnorter1

        LOL

        Great post!

  • Tony_Hall

    I find it interesting that he received a 3 year deal (standard) but it came with 2 club option years. Anyone who was speculating that Renteria was going to be expensive and/or a difficult sign can see that the Cubs held the leverage here and have the team covered for up to 5 years at their choosing.

    • cubtex

      Genius. Extend the manager early and buy out his arbitration years! Our FO is state of the art!

      • Ripsnorter1

        LOL

        • cubtex

          Lol

      • Tony_Hall

        What are you talking about? 3 years is standard for new managers, unless the manager has leverage to get 4 or even 5. The options are club options, which means the club can choose to exercise those options or not, at pre-determined salaries. This is nothing but good for the Cubs, because they are not guaranteed and if Renteria ends up being a manager you want to keep around you have 2 more years already to go. So the “buy out” as you call it is FREE! Only you could find fault in this.

        • cubtex

          It was a joke Tony because only you would try to praise a managerial contract. Lol

          • Tony_Hall

            Not so much praise as pointing out that a few people who thought Renteria had the Cubs in a tight spot in negotiations, were completely wrong.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Renteria is planning on hiring a PR agent to represent him to the Chicago press.

            Who would you suggest?

          • Tony_Hall

            I had the contract 3 weeks ago, when he was first interviewed!

          • Ripsnorter1

            That, I believe. You’re really, really good. : )

          • Tony_Hall

            It was a no brainer for him, group discount and all.

  • SuzyS

    I’m just happy they made a choice.
    Interesting that Renteria had his hip surgery before the Cubs won the World Series…and Coach Ditka waited until after…:-)

    • Ripsnorter1

      That’s because Renteria wanted to have the hip surgery in this lifetime.
      He didn’t want to be exhumed from the grave to have hip surgery.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Angels are trying to shore up their starting rotation, so
    today they signed Chris Volstad.

    The Angels have a lineup with Pujols, Hamilton and Trout, and with starting pitching like this,
    last place is still a possibility.

    • Tony_Hall

      And now the rest of the story.

      Minor league contract.

      • Ripsnorter1

        His AAA line featured a beautiful 4.0 k’s per 9 IP, with a 3.1 BB per 9 IP.
        And a 4.58 in AAA really looks like he’s MLB ready.

        • Tony_Hall

          That would explain the MINOR league contract.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I meant to post this Rip. I was sad for you he wasn’t resigned by the Cubs. I know he’s your favorite player. I picture your closet full of Chris Volstad jerseys! :)

      • Ripsnorter1

        LOL–no pictures in the closet. No.

        But we have several dart boards at our house, with bulleyes on the pictures.
        Sadam Hussein, Dusty Baker, Mike Quade, Chris Volstad.

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

    Until he shows that he has no business as our manager he has my full support. Welcome to the family Rick.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Hi Boardrider,

      No comments from you on the Salty as our catcher suggestion.
      I hope I did not offend in any way. I was just trying to stimulate a conversation with you.

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

        Hi Rip, not at all buddy. Just been busy.

        Salty isn’t perfect by any means. But as a back-up I think he could work. He can pinch hit some and give Castillo a break. Not perfect but he’s a guy that might start for some teams and started World Series games. We could do worse, no?

        • Ripsnorter1

          Yes, we could do very much worse.

          • JimBo_C

            Salty is gonna want to start and he is gonna want starter’s $. His defense behind the dish is far less than good (he got benched the final 3 games of the WS because of it). I for one wouldn’t want to have a situation where the other team looks at my catcher and then tells their team “Run Rabbit Run”. :-)

          • Ripsnorter1

            I agree. Signing Salty puts Castillo on the bench and retards his development. Then
            Salty will be a subpar defensive performer because that’s exactly what he is. And then
            the big contract will weigh heavy on his mind, and he hits .222 like he did in 2012. Or .235 like he
            did in 2011. Or .167 like he did in 2010. Or .233 like he did in 2009.

            Now why don’t we just sign Navarro and be done with it? Switch hitting catcher with pop.
            And if he hits .222 like Salty would, then just count the coins saved over signed a catcher that
            has his stats inflated with Fenway Park.

          • Tony_Hall

            Are you not concerned about Navarro getting his big contract? $10M is more than he has made in his entire career. Then again, what is he going to do, come in over weight?

            I agree, just pay Navarro, but he may want a more even split in playing time or to be considered the starter, and someone else may do that for him. Either way, backup catcher is the least I am concerned with on this roster, I don’t care if they pickup a glove only catcher to fill that spot for league minimum.

          • Ripsnorter1

            But wait! Navarro is not a FA if he re-signs with us, remember? That means the contract won’t weigh anything on his mind.

            LOL

            Yes, Navarro may regress with the big money, to a .250 hitting catcher with power.
            But since you and I are Cubs’ fans, we can console ourselves in the fact that we paid
            less for a .222 hitting catcher than we would have if we had signed McCann or Salty.

            That’s what it means to be a Cubs’ fan now.

          • Tony_Hall

            You have it right, if Navarro comes back he will be resigning with the Cubs.

            Your view on big money contracts is not just for free agents, as you include players signing extensions like Castro and Rizzo.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Did Renteria review this team pitching roster?……if not, he might not want no business with the Cubs.

    • cubtex

      As am I Boardrider. I am just happy Sveum is gone. Let’s see how Castro responds to him. Hopefully we will see the old Castro.

      • Eugene Debs

        Seeing the old Castro would certainly cross at least one concern off of the list if concerns.

        On a related note, what is the right spot for Castro in the order?

        • Tony_Hall

          Ultimately, 6th or 7th. K’s alot, with not huge power, low OBP. That is the lower part of the order, unless he can hit for a very high average. Next year, most likely 1st or 2nd until guys who have better OBP get here.

          • cubtex

            He never used to K alot. He was known as always having an uncanny ability to put the bat on the ball. I think we will see that again.

          • Tony_Hall

            He has still had that ability, just not with 2 strikes, as pitchers learned that they didn’t have to throw it even close to the strike zone for him to swing.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Great way to start a career with the Cubs as their new manager……..can’t show up for his own press conference and have be placed on the 60 day DL.

    • RynoTiger

      for someone who hates the leadership and organization so much, it’s odd that you come here and post so often.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Don’t you criticized me all the time !…..we both have opinions on this team like anyone else……..latest Tribune survey has 54% of Cubs fans not liking this manager…………….I am the last one who would hate the Cubs…..but when Team Theo tells us that they are “Committed” on building a winner, and hire managers like Dale and now Renteria, makes you wonder……….sorry, I did not know there was a limit on postings……..maybe you are the one following the wrong team…..maybe you should be a Phillies fan now.
        Hopefully Renteria makes this club a winner…..yelling in Spanish at Castro to keep his head in the game might make a difference….but this team still lack Pitching………..but I see Theo hiring one more manager to get it right before he is gone……watch for a guy dress in a gorilla outfit when that day comes……….there will be more then the usual angry fans at the next Cubs Convention…….maybe Theo & Ricketts want to hire extra “Andy Frain” guards for riot control……. ……to hear this message in Spanish, press two.

        • bpot92

          Who would you rather they have hired out of the people remaining?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    So Bosio gets a two year contract……Renteria gets a three year contract….which means Renteria & Theo is giving Bosio notice that if the Cubs pitchers do not improve in 2014, Bosio will be out this time next year…..and Renteria will bring his own guy in.

  • cubtex

    I heard they are putting part of Coach Dirka’s titanium hip in Renteria so Da Coach can use his teleditkanesus powers to manage during the season. Coach Ditka power led Cubs 161-1. Buy your WS tickets now!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      By next July, you will be saying “Fire this Bum”

      • cubtex

        I don’t have anything against him. He will not have a good team to manage, but if he makes solid game decisions(unlike Sveum) and the younger players develop, that is all you can ask for.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    What is next on the Cubs Agenda…………
    – Beer Conference with Roof Top Owners…
    – Choosing new paint colors for Renteria’s office
    – Signing TJ free agent pitchers
    – Theo calling up Koyie HIll
    – Selecting the next stadium beer sponsor
    – Send out Christmas cards to Boston Red Sox FO
    – Start interviews on Moreland replacement
    – Search for large land parcels in Rosemont
    – Raise ticket prices
    – Set up a Mental Health Clinic at the Cubs Convention
    – Search for Renteria’s replacement
    – Plan more “Dogs Days of Summer” events in 2014

  • Rick Barkan

    Where was Renteria 2 years ago. He was available to be the manager of the Cubs instead of Dale. I know he was the bench coach of the Padres.

  • Matt

    So they wouldn’t hire Sandberg two years ago because he had no MLB managing experience, but now they hire a manager with no MLB managing experience.

  • jtrain23

    I’m excited about the hire. Not necessarily because I think the product on the field will immediately change, but because we do have a manager in place now, so we can move on. Outside of being a bit skeptical because of his prior connection with the F.O., this guy seems to be an ok hire. I hope he can fix the communication issue that the last manager had.
    I know sometimes it is difficult, but I am going to be positive. Maybe this will be our guy. I’m interested to hear what he has to say and what his plan are. Now on to free agency.