Dave Martinez is moving toward a reunion with Joe Maddon

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When the Rays passed over Joe Maddon’s longtime bench coach, Dave Martinez, to replace him as manager the assumption was that Martinez would wind up joining Maddon’s new staff with the Cubs.

Sure enough, earlier this week Martinez announced that he was leaving the Rays organization and now Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer “will talk to Maddon about Martinez.”

Martinez was drafted by the Cubs in 1983 and debuted for Chicago in 1986, playing a total of four seasons for the Cubs among 16 total years in the majors. He spent seven years as Maddon’s bench coach in Tampa Bay, yet didn’t even make the Rays’ three finalists for the job.

Oh, and there’s also this: Hoyer interviewed Martinez for the Cubs manager job last offseason before deciding on Rick Renteria, who was fired to make room for Maddon.