Report: Cubs have Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo on managerial radar
|10.19.13 at 11:17 am ET|
According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, the Cubs want to discuss their managerial vacancy with Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo. Lovullo has spent the last three years working on the coaching staff of current Red Sox skipper John Farrell, first as a first-base coach with the Blue Jays in 2011-12 and then as the Red Sox bench coach this year.
Prior to his time as a big league coach, Lovullo spent nine years as a minor league manager — eight in the Indians system from 2002-09, and then one in Triple-A Pawtucket, at a time when current Cubs president of baseball operations was GM of the Red Sox.
“I would like to manage one day, but I’m not here to fast forward anything or make it happen before it’s time,” Lovullo told CSNChicago.com. “I know life is timing. Everything is timing. So if it’s the right situation and the right people want it to happen, then I’d certainly consider it. I know the Chicago Cubs have quite a reputation that starts with Theo and works its way down. I know they’re going to get a great candidate in there and help get them to the right place.”
Lovullo was in charge of organizing spring training for the Sox, and he is also charged with control of the running game. But due both to his job as bench coach and his extensive history with Farrell, both as teammates near the end of both players’ careers and as a manager in the Indians system at a time when Farrell was farm director, he has wide-ranging authority while also serving as a constant sounding board for the manager.
“Because we have a longstanding relationship, I know how he works and what’s important to him,” said Farrell. “It’s an ongoing conversation from the moment we walk in during the day to when we leave. No holds barred. He interacts and flows freely with the players. He’s got a lot of latitude because I trust him implicitly.”
The Cubs have interviewed four known candidates at this point: Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and ESPN analyst Manny Acta.
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