For what will now be remembered as a very brief period of time, Boston Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan was a theorized favorite for the Chicago Cubs’ open hitting coach job.
But that brief period is over, as he’s accepted the same job with the Texas Rangers (the previous home to former Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo), according to WEEI. Magadan, 50, had been with the Red Sox since 2007, so the Cubs’ front office was obviously quite familiar with his work.
The good news, I suppose, is that the Cubs can apparently pull the we-didn’t-want-you-anyway card with a straight face: according to WEEI, Magadan had spoken with a number of teams about a job, but none of those teams was the Cubs.
The Cubs went with an interim hitting coach – minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson – after Jaramillo was dismissed mid-season. Rowson remains in the running to get the full-time job, but I’m sure the Cubs and manager Dale Sveum are evaluating their options.