Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez is expected to interview next week with the Los Angeles Dodgers in their wide-ranging managerial search.
Martinez spent seven seasons as Joe Maddon’s bench coach with the Tampa Bay Rays, where Andrew Friedman helped build a small-market machine before bolting last October to become the Dodgers president of baseball operations.
Martinez — who was originally drafted by the Cubs in 1983 and played 16 seasons in the big leagues — would like to win big in Chicago and also get the chance to run his own team someday.
Martinez is fluent in analytics, able to relate to players and viewed as a future manager, but the Dodgers appear to be putting together a long list of candidates after releasing Don Mattingly, who quickly signed a four-year deal to manage the Miami Marlins.
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The Dodgers reportedly have multiple in-house candidates — farm director Gabe Kapler and coaches Tim Wallach and Ron Roenicke — as well as an outside-the-box option in University of Nebraska coach Darin Erstad.
Plus, the Dodgers have been linked to other bench coaches like Dave Roberts (San Diego Padres) and Bob Geren (New York Mets) and former National League West managers such as Bud Black (Padres) and Kirk Gibson (Arizona Diamondbacks).
After winning 97 games and two postseason rounds, the Cubs invited all of Maddon’s coaches to return in 2016 and are still in negotiations to ensure the entire staff will be back next season.