Cubs interview Hickey for pitching-coach job

Cubs interview Hickey for pitching-coach job

CHICAGO -- The Cubs began the process of replacing pitching coach Chris Bosio on Monday by interviewing Jim Hickey, who was on manager Joe Maddon's staff in Tampa Bay.

On Saturday, the Cubs decided not to exercise the 2018 club option on Bosio, who had held the job for six seasons.

Hickey, 56, was Maddon's pitching coach in Tampa Bay from 2006 until Maddon left to become the Cubs manager prior to the 2015 season. Hickey stayed with the Rays, but he and the team mutually agreed to part ways after this season. Hickey has reportedly drawn interest from other teams as well, including the Cardinals, the Giants and the Red Sox.

Cubs and Bosio part ways

The Cubs also are looking for an assistant hitting coach after Eric Hinske left to become the Angels' hitting coach. Hinske, 40, just completed his fourth season on the Cubs coaching staff and third as the assistant hitting coach. The 2002 American League Rookie of the Year and two-time World Series champion as a player with the Red Sox and Yankees, Hinske played 12 seasons with the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rays, Pirates, Yankees and D-backs. This past offseason, Hinske worked closely with Jason Heyward at the Cubs' Mesa, Ariz., complex.

Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez also was interviewing with the Nationals for their managerial opening.

Martinez, 53, interviewed with the Nationals in 2013, but the team chose Matt Williams as their manager at that time.

During the National League Division Series, Maddon said Martinez should be considered for one of the manager openings.

"He belongs in the group," Maddon said of Martinez. "I know all the people who are being considered and I promise, our guy matches up with every one of them. It's baffling to me a bit why [he's not mentioned].

"[Martinez] has been on a lot of winning teams and just look at him as a player," Maddon said. "That's what drew me to him in the beginning with the Rays. I'd never been with him as a teammate, but I'd watched him play. He was such a heady, aggressive, gritty kind of player. He's bilingual -- all that matters. And he's not afraid to have tough conversations. I think a lot of times people in that position might shy away from that. ... I see all the [candidates'] names, and I like all of these dudes but to not put his name in there baffles me."

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.