Rick Renteria was named the Chicago Cubs’ manager, the fourth for the Major League Baseball team in five seasons.
Renteria’s three-year contract includes club options for 2017 and 2018, the team said today in an e-mailed release. Financial terms weren’t provided.
It is Renteria’s first job as a major-league manager, after serving as bench coach for the San Diego Padres since 2011. The 51-year-old managed Mexico in this year’s World Baseball Classic.
The Cubs have finished fifth in their division for four straight seasons and haven’t reached the playoffs since 2008.
Renteria was among six people to interview for the Chicago job, according to MLB.com. He inherits a team with a young core, including 23-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro, an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, and 24-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Renteria spent four seasons managing within the Padres organization at Single-A Lake Elsinore and Triple-A Portland before being named first base coach with the major-league club in 2007. He played parts of five major-league seasons from 1986 to 1994 and managed in the Florida Marlins organization for four seasons at the Single-A and Double-A levels.
Renteria succeeds Dale Sveum, who was 127-197 in two years. He is the fifth manager to be hired this offseason and the fourth with no previous major-league managing experience, according to MLB.com.
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