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Mueller to coach Cubs?

November, 12, 2013
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Bill Mueller could be in line for a position on new manager Rick Renteria's staff, according to a source familiar with the situation. Mueller is a former hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is a possibility to fill that role for the Cubs.

The source also believes Renteria will bring "at most two coaches with him from San Diego and probably just one." It's most likely that coach will not come from the major league staff. Roving minor league instructor Gary Jones is the leading candidate to accompany Renteria to Chicago, according to the source.

Mueller played for the Cubs in 2001-02, eventually making his way to Boston from 2003 to '05, where the current Cubs front office got to know him. He was the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers for a short time after retiring and still works for the Dodgers.

"As an organization it's pretty obvious we have to get on base more and that's something we're going to be talking about in those hitting coach interviews," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday.

Mueller's career on-base percentage (.373) would rank 13th all-time for third basemen if he qualified.

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Theo OK with doing business with Boston

June, 15, 2012
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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Theo Epstein and Ben CheringtonGetty ImagesTheo Epstein said he talks to Ben Cherington all the time and would feel comfortable making a deal.
Baseball executives since the 1930s have moved from franchise to franchise to revitalize downtrodden teams. Such is the case in Chicago, where Theo Epstein hopes to perform the same magic that produced two world championships in Boston.

In order to rebuild the Cubs, Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer will make some crucial moves over the next six weeks in trying to acquire 5-to-8 young players for starters Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza.

No team in baseball needs starting pitching more than Epstein's former club. The two franchises have completed two minor deals in the six months since Epstein left the Red Sox, but with some acrimony over the compensation issue Boston received for Epstein, some wonder if the two franchises could complete a blockbuster deal involving players Epstein once drafted.

"I don't know what the next three weeks will bring but we already made two deals , one complicated (compensation ) and one pretty easy (Marlon Byrd for Michael Bowden)," Epstein said before the Cubs hosted Boston on Friday. "We talk (with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington) all the time, so it always makes it easier to do a deal when you have a good relationship with the other party."

The Red Sox have a treasure trove of good young prospects at the lower levels that the Cubs would love to get their hands on, and clearly the Red Sox need pitching now in order to win the toughest division in baseball. Ten to twelve clubs will be watching all of Dempster and Garza's starts, and scouts are split on who they would prefer in a trade.

"Stuff wise, it's Garza hands down -- that's who you want," said an American League talent evaluator. "Dempster brings a whole lot more to a team than just pitching every five days. You really are going to be fine with either one depending on what you have to give up. "

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WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .284
HRA. Rizzo 29
RBIA. Rizzo 69
RA. Rizzo 80
OPSA. Rizzo .881
ERAT. Wood 4.91
SOJ. Arrieta 127