Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez a candidate for Rockies job

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Dave Martinez, the bench coach of the Chicago Cubs, is rumored to be in the running for the Colorado Rockies managerial opening.

Martinez has been with Joe Maddon for many years, coming with him to Chicago from Tampa Bay when Maddon was named Cubs manager. Martinez has long been considered a managerial candidate. Last year he interviewed with the Dodgers before Los Angeles hired Dave Roberts.

For his part, Joe Maddon has given Martinez his full endorsement, telling Carrie Muskat of on Sunday that “I would hope that Davey does get that opportunity to interview and possibly get the job.”

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.