CHICAGO -- Alan Nero, the agent for managerial free agent Joe Maddon, has talked with 10 teams since Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays last Friday, and that list includes the Chicago Cubs.
"Nothing more than a phone call has happened with anybody," Nero said to the Chicago Sun-Times. "To speculate is absolutely insane."
The Cubs had no comment on the report.
Nero added that more clarity on Maddon's situation wasn't expected before the end of the World Series between the Giants and the Royals. Maddon posted a 781-729 record over 11 years as a manager, including a trip to the World Series in 2008 with Tampa Bay. During his nine years with the Rays, Maddon posted five seasons with at least 90 victories and reached the postseason four times.
With the Twins as the only team featuring an official managerial opening, Maddon could end up not managing in '15 and then weighing his options after the upcoming campaign. Rick Renteria, the Cubs manager who just completed his first season, is under contract through '16 with club options for '17 and '18.
The Cubs have been quiet concerning the Maddon situation. But through his agent, Ken Solomon, Renteria released the following statement to the media Monday afternoon.
"I was hired nearly a year ago to be the Chicago Cubs manager," Renteria said. "Notwithstanding all the speculation, I continue to focus my offseason preparation on achieving the goal we established from the start: bringing a championship to Chicago."
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