The Cubs are still in the midst of interviewing for their next manager.
The reports have suggested that Manny Acta, AJ Hinch, and now Rick Renteria are the favorites. However, I'm now told former Cub and Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez is emerging as a real player.
The Cubs appear to be heading towards the end of the first rounds of interviews. Renteria was to be interviewed Monday. Martinez had not yet hinterviewed sources say.
When it comes to Martinez, the Cubs are said to place a lot of stock in who is grooming him, as in Rays manager Joe Maddon.
Speaking of the formerly mentioned Hinch, a source told me that if San Diego were to lose manager Bud Black, the Padres would themselves turn to Rentetia instead of Hinch. Both currently hold positions in the Padres organization.
Some I have spoken with feel that Hinch makes a better front office candidate rather than a skipper.
When it comes to Acta, don't read too much into his early interview. The Cubs didn't have to get permission from anyone. Acta is currently an analyst with ESPN.
Earlier in the day, it was intimated to me that Renteria is the strong favorite at this time. However, some in the organization are really looking forward to talking with Martinez.
After that interview, it may become more clear if Renteria can keep his grip on the favorite status.
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