Updating the Skipper Search: Cubs Might Not Be Able to Interview Torey Lovullo

Multiple outlets confirmed Ken Rosenthal’s report that the Red Sox might not allow Torey Lovullo to interview for the Cubs’ managerial opening based on the agreement made between the two teams when Theo Epstein left Boston for Chicago more than two years ago.

As part of the compensation the Red Sox received for letting Epstein out of the final year of his contract, the Cubs were not allowed to hire any Red Sox personnel to fill positions with the Cubs. Reports at the time indicated the Red Sox would not stand in the way of a current employee leaving the Sox for the Cubs if it was clearly a better opportunity. And while Torey Lovullo was not employed by Boston at the time Epstein left to take the Cubs’ job, the Red Sox are sticking to the agreement and “balking at the idea of Lovullo interviewing with the Cubs.”

The Sun-Times reported the Sox “still have the right to exercise the clause in this case if they choose.” The Sun-Times explained “it is unclear whether Red Sox upper management is trying to make the Cubs squirm before relenting” and allowing Lovullo to interview. But if Larry Lucchino does not let Lovullo interview soon, the Cubs’ front office will be forced to move on.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are expected to know one way or the other if they will be able to formally interview Torey Lovullo within the next 48 hours.

The Cubs are looking to have a new manager in place before the General Manager’s meetings begin on Monday and David Kaplan is expecting a new skipper in place by Friday.

Rick Renteria, who is one of the five finalists for the Mariners’ job, appears to be in the lead at this point. The Sun-Times reported A.J. Hinch and Eric Wedge “are getting extended looks late into the process.”

Henry Blanco

Could there be a return of Hank White to the North Side of Chicago? When the Mariners designed Henry Blanco for assignment on Oct. 8 (Blanco elected free agency on Oct. 10), the CCO brought up the possibility of the Cubs being interested in Blanco as a coach, not a player. Many have felt for years that Blanco has what it takes to be a big league coach, if not more, once his playing days come to an end.

Henry Blanco turned 42 in August and according to David Kaplan, the Cubs are looking into the possibility of Blanco being a coach on the new manager’s staff.

Alex Cora has also been mentioned as a possibility to be on the new manager’s staff.

Chris Bosio

It appears the Cubs’ new manager will not have to worry about hiring a pitching coach. For weeks multiple reports have suggested Chris Bosio would return to his old position on the Cubs’ coaching staff. The Cubs’ front office likes the job Bosio has done for the past two seasons and Bosio is expected to be retained. David Kaplan reported Monday night he expects Bosio back as the Cubs’ pitching coach.

Stay tuned for updates from the Cubs’ Skipper Search

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