Cubs On Prowl For A New Bench Coach Again

The Cubs have contacted Mark DeRosa, but he seems unlikely to take the job.

Bruce Levine
December 13, 2018 - 2:18 pm
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LAS VEGAS (670 The Score) -- With Brandon Hyde being tabbed as the Orioles' new manager, the Cubs are searching for their third bench coach in the past three seasons. 

Immediately after news of Hyde's new job broke, rumblings began about David Ross being the prime candidate to fill the role. While he's indeed what the organization is looking for, it appears Ross is more likely to remain in his current roles as an ESPN broadcaster and special assistant to the Cubs' front office. He's comfortable in those roles, which also allow him more family time than he would have as the bench coach.

The Cubs have reached out to Mark DeRosa to gauge his interest in joining their coaching staff, according to sources. A 16-year big league veteran who played two seasons for the Cubs, DeRosa has been a television analyst on MLB Network for the past five years. 

Ross and DeRosa both make more money in their present jobs than what a bench coach would likely make, though it must be noted that the Cubs are considered one of the bigger spenders in MLB on their coaching staff.

An external candidate could be Raul Ibanez, who's currently a special advisor to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman after a 19-year playing career. Ibanez was praised as a leader and clubhouse favorite during his playing days.

In-house candidates for the Cubs could include Buddy Bailey and Mark Johnson. Bailey is the manager of the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, while Johnson manages the Double-A Tennessee Smokies.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.​