CHICAGO -- Hip surgery didn't prevent Rick Renteria from interviewing Monday with Cubs officials, who plan to talk to Dave Martinez later this week about their managerial opening.
Cubs officials, led by President Theo Epstein, flew to California to talk to Renteria, 51, the Padres' bench coach for the last two seasons who managed eight years in the minors with the Marlins and Padres.
Renteria has received high marks for his organization, hard work and teaching skills from those who have worked with him in the Marlins and Padres organizations.
Renteria managed Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and the Cubs are looking for a leader who can help develop their young players at the major league level. The former infielder was a first-round pick of the Pirates in 1980 and played parts of five seasons with the Pirates, Mariners and Marlins.
The Cubs also are set to meet this week with Martinez, a former Cubs outfielder who serves as bench coach for Rays manager Joe Maddon.
Martinez, 49, is very familiar with sabermetrics because of his six seasons as a coach with the Rays, who have succeeded with multiple lineups and radical defensive shifts, not to mention a strong farm system.
Martinez, who has no managerial experience, was an outfielder for 16 seasons in the majors, including parts of four seasons with the Cubs (1986-88, 2000) and three with the White Sox (1995-97).
"I love Chicago." Martinez told the Tampa Bay Times. "I love Wrigley Field. It would be tremendous. I think back to all the history there. I love the idea of being part of winning a championship in Chicago. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Martinez previously interviewed for managerial positions with the Indians, Blue Jays and Astros.
"Every year that I have under my belt, I'm a lot more confident and a lot more prepared for the challenges of being a manager," Martinez said. "We went through so many things this year, I'm prepared for all the things that could come up."
Three of the Cubs' candidates -- Manny Acta, Renteria and Martinez -- are bilingual. That could play an important role in the process as several of the team's top prospects are of Latin descent. Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch, meanwhile, has a strong background in scouting and player development and managed 212 games with the Diamondbacks in 2009-10.
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Daily season ticket holders are being informed they won't see an increase in their 2014 invoices, marking the third consecutive season they will receive a flat or decreased invoice.
Combo-plan season ticket holders will see an increase in their total invoice because of added night games in their plan. The Cubs are tentatively scheduled to play 35 home night games in 2014.
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