With Paul Molitor preparing to take over the Minnesota Twins, there may be a possibility they will seek out permission to speak with the Chicago Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio. The Cubs value their entire pitching coach infrastructure highly, and it’s unlikely they would grant permission.
Bosio was a holdover from the Dale Sveum staff, and has earned a reputation as one of the best pitching coaches in the league. With the work he’s done over the past few years with Jason Hammel, Paul Maholm and Scott Feldman, it’s not hard to understand why the interest.
According to sources, Bosio was one of the most sought after coaches after Sveum was shown the door in Chicago. as reported by the Sun-Times last July. At least three teams contacted the Cubs about his services. Theo Epstein and the Cubs then worked out a contract extension that made him one of the highest paid pitching coaches in baseball.
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Molitor will be looking to assemble a group of coaches that he feels are the best in the league, as well as individuals that he feels comfortable with. That could lead to a staff resembling a Milwaukee Brewers All-Star team. Ted Simmons, Pete Vuckovich, Dale Sveum, Robin Yount and Chris Bosio are said to be on that list.
The question for Bosio will be what newly hired Joe Maddon wants to do with his staff. All his coaches are under contract and will return to the Rays, with one possible exception. Should bench coach Dave Martinez not get the Rays managerial opening, he would be free to examine other opportunities.
The Cubs are holding the official press conference tomorrow to announce the hiring of Maddon, so the picture may become clearer by the afternoon. Keep up with tomorrow’s Cubs news by following us here as we bring you Maddon updates throughout the day.