New Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum will have some familiar company on the bench next season.
Chris Bosio confirmed to the Appleton Post-Crescent this afternoon that he has accepted an offer to be the Cubs’ pitching coach. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that an official announcement is expected next week.
Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues, served as an advanced scout with the Brewers organization this season before being promoted to pitching coach with Triple-A Nashville in September.
Sveum and Bosio have plenty of history together. They were teammates from 1986-1991 and also spent the final two months of the 2009 season on the Brewers’ coaching staff.
Bosio will replace former pitching coach Mark Riggins, who saw the Cubs’ staff finish 25th in the majors this past season with a 4.33 ERA.
UPDATE: According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have confirmed that Bosio will indeed be the pitching coach.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday.
Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.
The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.
Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Padres have announced that interim manager Pat Murphy won’t return as the team’s manager in 2016. Haudricourt adds that Brewres manager Craig Counsell tried to get Murphy on his staff, and says to look for Murphy to join the Brewers for the 2016 season.
Murphy led the Padres to a 42-53 record after Bud Black was fired in June. He had previously managed for two years with Single-A Eugene in 2011-12, and at Triple-A Tucson and El Paso in 2013-14.
Former major leaguer Phil Nevin is a candidate for the Padres’ vacant managing position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.