The Cubs are off to a flying start this offseason, they have already shuffled their coaching staff, then dumped manager Rick(y) Renteria in favor of Joe Maddon, and why yesterday they traded Arodys Vizcaino back to the Barves from which he came, to bring in lefty hitting second baseman Tommy La Stella.
This morning when we woke up the media said the Cubs were the front runners to sign catcher Russell Martin, and the big Jon Lester visit is on tap for this week. We’ve got the world by the tail, gang!
Now that the Cubs mercy killing of Ricky Renteria’s career has been completed, they need to get on with the real business of the offseason. Dumping Edwin Jackson. Am I right? Edwin’s due $11 million each of the next two seasons, and he’s been terrible. So the Cubs need to just toss him to the curb, throw him in the Ron Santo Memorial Enormous Greeting Card and Cake Dumpster that used to be out beyond left field, but with the construction is godknowswhere right now.
Maybe we should be careful what we wish for. Our old friend Karry Ling sat down with one of the prime trade candidates for Edwin.
True to his word, new Cubs manager Joe Maddon placed a call to former Cubs manager Rick(y) Renteria not long after the press conference to announce Joe’s hiring.
You might think it would be awkward for the old manager to have to talk to the guy who not only replaced him, but basically shoved him out of his job into the street.
You don’t know the half of it.
It took all of about 180 seconds yesterday for Joe Maddon to do two things…get about a tenth of the way through his press conference preamble, and for the world to see his appeal. If you could just hire any competent manager and hand him the Cubs roster and they’d win, that’d be great. But over the past 107 years they’d have like four of those, and none of them could pull it off. It’s going to take somebody who is a great manager, and a little nuts.
Hello, Joe. We’ve been waiting.
With the Joe Maddon to the Cubs announcement due any time now, there is still some (not a lot, granted) hand-wringing about what this move says about the Cubs management. Sure, they are spending big to hire the best manager they can get, but in the process they are kicking out their current manager after one not-terrible (but hardly inspiring) season.
Truth is, they’re doing Rick(y) Renteria a big assed favor.
Since the news broke last Friday that former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon had opted out of his contract, the Cubs have been intriguingly silent about the job status of their manager Rick(y) Renteria. Ricky has not been, however. He issued a statement through his agent on Monday saying he’s excited about still being the Cubs manager.
Through a highly placed source (OK, it was Todd) we have obtained transcripts of the increasingly panicked phone calls Ricky has left for Cubs VP of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein.