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Cubs make room for Maddon by firing Renteria

The Chicago Cubs paved the way for Joe Maddon by announcing Friday they have fired manager Rick Renteria after only one season.. Renteria, who as recently as three weeks ago was told he was returning for his second season, was offered a variety of positions within the organization but has the freedom to explore opportunities elsewhere. The Cubs are expected to announce the hiring of Maddon on Monday at a news conference. "Last Thursday, we learned that Joe Maddon -- who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ahead of us -- had become a free agent," Theo Epstein, Cubs President of Baseball Operations, said in a statement. "We confirmed the news...

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