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Cubs officially name Renteria manager

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Rick Renteria was officially named manager of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with club options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 51-year-old Renteria, becoming the 53rd manager in franchise history, joins the Cubs with 30 years of professional baseball experience, including the last six years as the bench coach (2011-13) and first base coach (2008-10) with the San Diego Padres.

Renteria has never been a manager at the major league level. He served eight seasons as a manager in the Miami Marlins' and Padres' farm system.

Renteria is bilingual, which will help in communicating with several Cubs players and prospects, including Starlin Castro, Junior Lake and Javier Baez.

Renteria will replace Dale Sveum, who was fired on Sept. 30.

The Cubs also interviewed former major league managers A.J. Hinch, Eric Wedge and Manny Acta, as well as Dave Martinez and Brad Ausmus, who was hired by the Tigers.

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