Till this point, the Major League Baseball general manager meetings in Orlando have been short of rumors and filled with a whole bunch of nothing.
There is one glimmer of news involving the Cubs going around the hotel lobby at the general manager meetings. The news is that former Major League third baseman Bill Mueller may be on the verge of being named the new hitting coach for the Cubs.
According to a report from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Mueller could be in line for a position on the Cubs coaching staff and that position could be as hitting coach.
Mueller acted as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007. The position was originally held by Eddie Murray before Murray was fired on June 15. Mueller finished the 2007 season as the Dodgers hitting coach. As a team, the Dodgers finished the 2007 season hitting .275/.337/.406 to go along with an OPS of .743. One of the key traits that the Cubs are looking for from their new hitting coach is a preaching of on base percentage. The Dodgers on-base percentage of .337 was 5th best in the National League that season.
There were few players better than Mueller offensively over the course of his 11-year career. Mueller finished his career with a line of .291/.373/.425 to go along with an OPS of .797. Soon after playing for the Cubs in 2001 and part of the 2002 season, Mueller was a member of the Boston Red Sox from 2003 to 2005. That would be how Mueller is familiar with current Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.
Mueller would seemingly fall in line with what Hoyer said the team is looking for out of their next hitting coach.
“As an organization it’s pretty obvious we have to get on base more and that’s something we’re going to be talking about in those hitting coach interviews,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. -Jed Hoyer, ESPN Chicago
The Cubs are expected to name their coaching staff under manager Rick Renteria by the end of next week.