Expect the Cubs to name their new manager by Thursday, at the latest.
All along, the front office has wanted to have the next manager in place by the end of this week with MLB's GM meetings beginning Monday in Orlando. The Cubs would also like to have a new face of the franchise by the season ticket holder event scheduled for Friday.
A week has gone by since the Red Sox won the World Series, yet they still won't allow bench coach Torey Lovullo to interview with the Cubs, as part of a reported three-year agreement between the two clubs indicating they would not steal each other's employees.
Lovullo was with the Blue Jays from 2011-12 and followed manager John Farrell from Toronto to Boston before the 2013 season, so he wasn't even a Red Sox employee at the time the two franchises came to the agreement. Lovullo would also be interviewing for a promotion, which is normally allowed around the league.
The Cubs were hoping to interview Lovullo, but unless the ban is lifted, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will be forced to move on without the Red Sox bench coach.
San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria has emerged as the favorite among the Cubs' list of finalsts. Renteria, 51, is bilingual and has experience coaching in Latin America, something the Cubs were looking for.
Renteria is regarded as a well-respected voice with big-league coaching experience. The Cubs were reportedly very high on Brad Ausmus, but decided against hiring the former catcher based on his lack of coaching experience, as CSN's David Kaplan tweeted last weekend when Ausmus signed with the Detroit Tigers.
Here is latest. AL scout who's exceptionally well connected. "Cubs front office loved Ausmus. They felt they needed a more experienced guy."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 3, 2013
Just hung up w/great MLB source. "Cubs search has been really detailed + while Ausmus is hot name, Renteria makes more sense for this job."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 3, 2013
Source con't: "I know Theo/Jed love Ausmus. They were in on him weeks ago + I believe they could've had him but they need a proven teacher."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 3, 2013
Former Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge, Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch, Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and former Clevland Indians manager Manny Acta were among the other finalists for the Cubs job.