CHICAGO -- While waiting for Joe Girardi to decide his future with the Yankees, the Chicago Cubs have officially expanded their search for a new manager.
According to a source familiar with the Cubs' search, former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta and Padres bench coach Rick Renteria have surfaced as candidates. They join A.J. Hinch, the Padres' assistant general manager and former Diamondbacks manager.
The status of those candidates, however, may hinge on whether Girardi elects to stay with the Yankees or pursue other opportunities, such as the Cubs job. Published reports out of New York on Monday stated that the Yankees will give Girardi as much time as he needs to make a decision.
Girardi, who completed his sixth season as manager of the Yankees, is under contract through Oct. 31 and hasn't been allowed permission to speak directly to other teams, including the Cubs.
The Cubs aren't in a hurry, either, as President Theo Epstein indicated he will embark on a thorough process that could last until the general managers meetings starting Nov. 11 in Florida.
Acta and Renteria fit Epstein's requirements as leaders who have worked with young players.
Acta, 44, has managed the Nationals (2007-09) and Indians (2010-12) but was fired from both jobs. Acta was saddled with a young Nationals team and was relieved midway through the 2009 season with a 26-61 record.
But that didn't scar Acta's reputation, as he had an offer from the Astros before choosing the Indians. He led Cleveland to a second-place finish in 2011 before the Indians slipped to fifth place the following season, prompting his firing.
Previously, Acta spent eight seasons as a minor league manager in the Astros organization and fits Epstein's preference for a candidate who chooses "love before tough love" in handling young players.
Renteria, 51, has served as the Padres' bench coach for two seasons and can relate to hyped young players. Renteria was the 20th overall selection in the 1980 draft by the Pirates but played in only 184 games with the Pirates (1986), Mariners (1987-88) and Marlins (1993-94).
Renteria, a Southern California native, worked as a minor league manager for the Marlins and also served as Mexico's manager in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Acta, a native of the Dominican Republic, and Renteria, of Mexican-American decent, would fulfill Commissioner Bud Selig's directive that minority candidates be considered for managerial openings.
Hinch and Renteria worked with Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer when Hoyer held the same title with the Padres before joining the Cubs after the 2011 season.
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