- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The candidates for the Chicago Cubs radio analyst job are starting to line up after the sudden departure of Keith Moreland from the booth after only three seasons.
WGN Sports Director Dave Eanet says it will be a collaborative effort between the station, the Cubs and play-by-play man Pat Hughes. A preliminary list includes former Cubs Rick Sutcliffe, Kerry Wood, Doug Glanville, Ryan Theriot, Mark DeRosa, Eric Karros, Dave Otto and Todd Hollandsworth. Former Cubs announcer Andy Masur is also on the preliminary list. Eanet says other names are being considered as well.
DeRosa, who played last season for the Toronto Blue Jays and was under contract with them for the 2014 season, told the team he is retiring, Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday.
It's unknown if former Cubs first baseman Mark Grace is on the list. Grace was fired from the Arizona Diamondbacks broadcast booth in 2012 after being arrested for a second DUI. He served time in jail and the Diamondbacks hired him back to coach at the minor league level. Grace declined comment about the Cubs radio job.
Candidates have not been contacted yet. Eanet says they hope to have someone in place by the Cubs Convention in January, but there is no set timetable.