There’s precious little to report in the Chicago Cubs search for a new manager, and I suspect that will be the case until an especially boring off-day OR the end of the World Series. I spoke to a couple of different sources this afternoon, and, if they were betting men (which they probably ARE; I know they go to Vegas a lot), this how they saw it shaking out:
Source 1: “I think it’s a toss up between Acta and Martinez.”
Source 2: “Renteria has the job.”
Source 3: “I wouldn’t be surprised if they shock everyone hire Hinch.”
So there you have it. No one really knows anything. Do you see why I haven’t written anything yet today?
I do have it on good authority that Rays bench coach Davey Martinez was in with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod for quite some time yesterday, before he was picked up by Randy Bush around noon, presumably to head to lunch. Martinez reportedly looked “tired” but “well-groomed.” The beard was reported to be in good form. Davey was in a suit, but no word on how many breasts the suit had. I’m choosing to imagine him dressed like Dick Cavett and with a pipe in his mouth.
As for the other side of town, the Cubs and several other teams dropped out of the bidding for Jose Abreu relatively early on, reportedly due to concerns about Abreu’s bat speed, athleticism, and “questionable” ability to hit major league hitting. According to reports, Abreu is set to get six years and $68 million dollars from the White Sox, which is a ton of money to drop on a guy who scouts aren’t sure can succeed at the major-league level. Needless to say, I’m happy the Cubs chose not to go after the latest Cuban sensation, which had to be tempting. After all, we don’t have a Puig or a Cespedes. We have to envy other people’s.
If you missed it yesterday, I’ll be joining Harry Teinowitz on WGNfm Mondays from 9 – 10:30 am. Let’s hope the Cubs pick a new manager while I’m on the air; it could be a big boost to my career. Or something.