The Cubs will now have to move forward with their search for their manager in 2014. Joe Girardi signed a 4 year deal worth $16 million dollars to remain the manager of the New York Yankees. This deal makes Girardi the second highest paid manager and the second longest tenured manager in New York Yankee history.
While the Cubs were able to offer Girardi more money it ultimately came down to his family. His kids loved being in New York and didn’t want to move. Girardi also talked about New York as an excellent place to manage because of all the opportunities you have year in and year out. This was a decision based on Girardi’s family, I think his heart was in Chicago, but his family was in New York.
Girardi led the Yankees to an 85-77 record last year and will look to build off of that this coming year. He will have to do so with an aging roster though.
While Joe Girardi was the first choice for the Cubs and for Cub fans, they will now have to turn their attention elsewhere. Theo Epstein has already interview A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta and he is also expected to interview Rick Renteria. This operation is now expected to take several weeks, but there will be a manger in place by November 11th when the general manager meetings are held.
Manny Acta previously managed the Indians and the Nationals, but was let go at each of those stops. Acta gives the Cubs a stronger Latin presence which is what the front office is searching for. Having this kind of manager is beneficial to players like Starlin Castro among many others.
A.J. Hinch is currently in the San Diego Padres front office. The reason Hinch is tied to these talks is because of Jed Hoyer’s experience in the Padres organization and Hinch is involved in player development with the Padres.
Rick Renteria is also a Padre man, but he is the bench coach. Renteria managed in the minor leagues for the Padres for four seasons and also spent time in the Pirates, Marlins, and Mariners organizations. Renteria also managed the Mexican team in the World Baseball Classic.
I would expect the Cubs to ask permission from the Texas Rangers to interview Mike Maddux, their pitching coach.
Now that Girardi is off the table this will be a delayed process that could take close to a month. Theo Epstein will take his time and carefully examine each potential candidate to make sure he gets the right guy.
I’m sure there is a lot of disappointment in Chicago land, but a lot of people think that the manager that is hired for the upcoming season isn’t the guy that will end up taking the Cubs to where they need to be.
Personally, I think that it will come down to Manny Acta and A.J. Hinch with Manny Acta getting the job because of the importance that was placed on hiring a Latin American manager.