Chicago Cubs' bench coach Andy Green has reportedly interviewed with the Cleveland Guardians about their vacant manager job.
Near the end of the 2023 regular season, Guardians' manager Terry Francona announced his retirement after 10 seasons in Cleveland. At 64 years old, Francona amassed a remarkable 1950-1672 regular season record with Cleveland, the Boston Red Sox, and the Philadelphia Phillies. However, another series of health issues led to his decision but he will reportedly stay with the organization in some capacity.
Francona's departure leaves a gaping hole in the team's leadership that Green could soon fill. Prior to getting hired as the Cubs' bench coach in 2020, Green served as the manager of the San Diego Padres from 2016 to 2019. Unfortunately, most of Green's time as manager was during a complete rebuild and his win/loss record of 274-366 reflects the state of the Padres at the time. The Padres also had Green signed through the 2021 season before firing him in 2019 to find someone new to accelerate their rebuild.
Despite getting axed by San Diego, only good things were said about him at the time and now he's being considered to make a managerial comeback. And with so many teams in need of a new manager, I'd expect Green to be looked at elsewhere too.
In addition to the Guardians, the Padres, New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, and possibly the Milwaukee Brewers will be in need of a new manager for 2024. Green's hypothetical departure would mean a significant shakeup to David Ross's coaching staff as bullpen coach Chris Young and game strategy/catching coach Craig Driver have already been let go by the team.
The Cubs also lost senior vice president of pitching Craig Breslow on Wednesday as he was hired as the Boston Red Sox's head of baseball operations.