CHICAGO -- Mike Quade was torn between picking up a phone call from Cubs GM Jim Hendry and finishing cleaning the crab he caught during his Sunday fishing trip.
“You make a decision,” Quade said. “Who’s going to get these crabs? How quick can I pick up a suit and pack and get to Chicago to see if we can’t work something out.”
After spending part of the day Monday at Jim Hendry’s house, the Cubs and Quade indeed worked out a deal that will pay Quade a total of $1.8-$2 million spread over the next two years to manage the Cubs, according to a major league source. The Cubs and Quade have a vesting option for 2013 based on performance -- it includes games won and playoff appearances among other factors. The Cubs were paying $3 million more per year to Lou Piniella.
Hendry’s call to Quade on Sunday instructed him to get to Chicago, meet with him on Monday and to stay away from his regular apartment while preparing to be named the team’s manager on Tuesday.
After winning 24 of the 37 games he managed in the final weeks of the 2010 season, Quade gave a short recipe for players he’ll manage living in his world of work and discipline.
“You rarely don’t know what I’m thinking,” Quade said. “That doesn’t mean you’re going to like it, and it doesn’t mean that things will always work in my favor. But at least you’ll know where I’m coming from. Whether it’s athletes or just people, handling people is the most important thing. If [players] can’t handle that, then I’m not right for them or vice-versa.”
Quade and the front office will sit down Wednesday to talk about next year’s coaching staff and other personnel moves.
This much is known: Pitching coach Larry Rothschild will be back in his role for at least one more year, hitting coach Rudy Jarmillo has two years left on his deal, and bullpen coach Lester Strode will be back as well, according to a major league source.
First-base coach Bob Dernier, third-base Ivan de Jesus as well as bench coach Alan Trammell’s fate will be discussed in the meeting. Trammell most likely will leave the Cubs to become bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, which are managed by Trammell’s former teammate Kirk Gibson. Gibson was on Trammel’s staff when he managed the Detroit Tigers.
Washington Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach may end up as either the bench coach or the third-base coach for Quade. Listach was a minor league manager for the Cubs before he left the organization to coach in Washington.
On a bigger, broader subject, Quade was asked if he’ll ignore the ghost of 102 years of the Cubs not winning a World Series.
"I’m going to,” Quade said. “But I’ve lived here, and I was raised here. I get it. You’re totally aware of it. But it’s not going to do us any good at all as a ballclub or me as a manager or me as a person, to have that anywhere near my thoughts on a daily basis.”
Amazingly, the reverse has happened on the city’s North Side. The “Gone Fishing” sign has come down and the back-to-work sign is up for Quade and the Cubs organization.