Dave Martinez joins Cubs as Joe Maddon’s bench coach


As soon as Dave Martinez failed to make the three finalists to replace Joe Maddon as the Rays’ manager it seemed all but certain he’d wind up on Maddon’s new coaching staff with the Cubs.

Sure enough, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Martinez is headed to Chicago to serve as Maddon’s bench coach, which is the same position he held in Tampa Bay.

Martinez was drafted by the Cubs in 1983 and debuted for Chicago in 1986, playing four seasons for the Cubs among 16 total years in the majors. He spent seven years as Maddon’s bench coach in Tampa Bay.