Acta would likely be a disappointment for many Cubs fans after such a high-profile pursuit of Yankees manager Joe Girardi that, at this time, remains a possibility moving forward. Acta, in two turns as a big league skipper, has struggled, compiling a record of 372-518 in time with the Indians and the Washington Nationals.
Kaplan also reports that the Cubs have also met with A.J. Hinch, who previously managed the Arizona Diamondbacks. After his 89-123 record over parts of two seasons as the Diamondbacks’ skipper, he joined the San Diego Padres‘ front office as the vice president of scouting, a position he has held since 2010.
San Diego bench coach Rick Renteria has also emerged as a candidate for the Cubs’ job. He has big league coaching experience, but has only managed at the minor league level. He has played a role in coaching and player development for almost two decades working for both the Marlins and Padres’ organizations.
Sandy Alomar Jr., is also reportedly out of the mix with one source telling Kaplan, “From what I’ve heard, Alomar is not getting that job. He is a good baseball man but he is not in the top group that the Cubs are looking at.”