All of this is as orchestrated as a May Day parade, of course, but the Cubs are at least trying to get it all in the right order. And while none of it makes the sad lot of Renteria any better, at least give the Cubs some credit for honesty for admitting that they’re ditching Renteria for Maddon. For what it’s worth, Renteria is under contract with the Cubs for the next two seasons, so he will be paid while he considers other options.
Overall, not the finest hour for the Cubs, but one that they’re willing to endure to get the guy they want for the job. It’s not unlike the way in which the Tigers hired Sparky Anderson back in the day, casting aside Les Moss in May 1979. That eventually brought the rebuilding Tigers a World Series title. The Cubs are obviously seeking the same results.
The one outstanding question is whether or not the Cubs’ interest truly came after Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays, as their press release says. Some may suspect — and MLB may ask, I presume — whether or not some communication induced Maddon to exercise his opt-out as opposed to doing so merely because Andrew Friedman’s departure allowed him to.
I don’t suspect much will come of that. No one, in all likelihood, has an interest in pressing the issue.