Updated 11:45am CST – According to a report from Bill Chastain, Dave Martinez has decided to leave the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ken Rosenthal reported Monday night that the Rays “would not stand in Dave Martinez’s way if the Cubs or another club requested to interview him for a coaching position.”
Dave Martinez was passed over for the Rays’ managerial opening but is under contract through the 2015 season. After Joe Maddon departed, Matt Silverman announced Maddon’s entire staff was under contract for next season and would return under the Rays’ new manager. It was believed if Martinez did not get the job in Tampa, he would ask to be released from his contract.
The front office filled the only open coaching position Saturday when the team announced Henry Blanco was returning to the Cubs as the quality assurance coach. Shortly after Rick Renteria was dismissed, the Sun-Times reported third base coach Gary Jones decided to leave the team. But the Cubs have not announced Jones is no longer part of the organization.
If Joe Maddon wants to bring in one or two of his guys to fill positions on his staff, Brandon Hyde could take a position in the front office which would clear a path for Dave Martinez to be the Cubs bench coach. Bruce Levine reported Saturday that former Rays’ bullpen coach Bobby Ramos was a name to keep an eye on for a position on Maddon’s staff.
Only small changes were expected to be made to the coaching staff for the 2015 season when Maddon was introduced as the Cubs new skipper earlier this month.
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 comprise a majority of Joe Maddon’s coaching staff for next season.
Dave Martinez was selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 1983 draft. Martinez had two stints with the Cubs (1986-1988, 2000) and batted .255/.323/.359 in 288 games with 30 doubles, 11 triples and 13 home runs for a .683 OPS. Martinez was traded the Expos for Mitch Webster in July 1988. The Cubs sent Mark Guthrie and cash to Tampa for Martinez in May 2000. And Dave Martinez was dealt to the Rangers for Brant Brown less than a month later (June 2000).