While it is not yet a done deal, it appears Mike Maddux is not going to pursue the Cubs job despite the fact he was very intrigued by the opportunity and was very highly thought of by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Family considerations appear to be keeping him in Texas where he is the pitching coach for the World Series runner-up Rangers.
At the same time, the Cubs are highly impressed with Dale Sveum and there is a strong chance he could be the next manager.
While they would like to get this done sooner rather than later, the Thanksgiving holiday could delay a decision or expedite the announcement. Stay tuned.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.
Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:
The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason.
After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member:
Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization."
All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.