The Cubs have yet to announce Joe Maddon’s coaching staff for next season and while there were only expected to be small changes the front office is going to talk to Joe Maddon about Dave Martinez.
The former Cubs’ outfielder resigned from the Tampa Bay Rays after he was not hired to replace Maddon as the team’s manager. The news surfaced Tuesday that Martinez had left the organization and he was able to seek other opportunities.
According to Marc Topkin, even with Martinez resigning he is still under contract and the Cubs will have to receive permission from the Rays to talk to him.
Jed Hoyer was asked about Dave Martinez and if the Cubs were considering him for a position on the coaching staff during his spot Wednesday on The Kap & Haugh Show (87.7 The Game).
“We’re going to talk to Joe [Maddon] about it. Obviously he had a great relationship with Davey. We’ve talked about him in the past about how strongly he feels about him and what he did for him and trying to replicate that,” Hoyer said. “Obviously now that he’s available, Theo [Epstein] and I really enjoyed our sit-down with him last year during the manager hiring process.”
“It’s something we’ll talk to Joe about. We haven’t talked to him yet, but we’ll certainly talk to him in the coming days now that he’s available.”
Marc Topkin reported Wednesday night that the Cubs “could move quickly on hiring Dave Martinez if they want to, permission from the Rays won’t be an issue.”
Mark Gonzales spoke with Dave Martinez and asked him about Hoyer’s comments. Martinez told the Tribune he couldn’t comment but said he has not talked with anyone or thought much about it. Martinez wants to just spend the holiday with his family.
There is not technically an opening on the coaching staff that was announced prior to Joe Maddon being hired. Henry Blanco filled the only vacancy when he replaced Jose Castro as the quality assurance coach. It was previously reported Gary Jones decided to leave the Cubs when Rick Renteria was dismissed, and that’s not officially the case. Jones is still the team’s third base coach. As for Brandon Hyde, he is currently the Cubs’ bench coach.
If the Cubs make changes to the bench and third base coaching positions, Dave Martinez and Bobby Ramos appear to be two candidates that have a long history with Joe Maddon.
Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Lester Strode (assistant pitching coach/bullpen coach), Mike Borzello (catchers coach), John Mallee (hitting coach), Eric Hinske (assistant hitting coach), Doug Dascenzo (first base/outfield/baserunning coach) and Henry Blanco (quality assurance coach) are expected to fill the same positions on Maddon’s staff for next season.
If the Cubs hire Dave Martinez, there will be five coaches that either played with the Cubs or were part of the system at one point during his playing career.