While the Cubs said earlier this month that Renteria will return next season, they have not said anything since former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon exercised an opt-out clause and became a free agent last week. Gonzales cited multiple sources saying they expect the Cubs to speak on the matter soon.
Renteria signed a three-year contract with the Cubs last year. In his first season, Chicago finished in last place in the NL Central, at 73-89. Renteria released a statement through his agent stating his commitment to the team.
"I was hired nearly a year ago to be the Chicago Cubs manager. Notwithstanding all the speculation, I continue to focus my offseason preparation on achieving the goal we established from the start: bringing a championship to Chicago."
The Cubs, however, are rumored to be interested in Maddon, who led the Rays to four playoff appearances in nine seasons as manager. Cubs team president Theo Epstein interviewed Maddon for the Red Sox managerial position in 2003 before hiring Terry Francona.
- Paul Palladino