Wednesday, October 2, 2013
New candidate emerging for Cubs?
By AJ Mass
The Chicago Cubs may have their next manager already in their sights, and they may be turning to San Diego in order to get permission to talk to their target -- A.J. Hinch. Hinch meets two of the primary criteria that Cubs management is looking for, namely prior experience as an major league manager and a proven ability to help develop young players.
Hinch was manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 and 2010 and handled a roster that included up-and-coming prospects like Justin Upton, Gerardo Parra and Stephen Drew, along with very few players over the age of 30. That's a makeup very similar to what the Chicago roster should look like in 2014.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Cubs are preparing to contact the Padres about Hinch. Although the Cubs were thought to perhaps have been more interested in Joe Girardi, getting permission from the New York Yankees to talk to him appear unlikely to happen as they continue to negotiate the possibility of a new deal.