According to USA Today, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers would like to hire Cubs special assistant Greg Maddux to be the teams next pitching coach. Maddux, who has been non-committal about a possible return to the dugout, has yet to comment on the report.
"I told Greg two years ago as soon as you want to be on the field please make me the first call," Towers said.
Maddux may finally get his chance to be pitching coach, that is, unless he enjoys his current role with the Cubs. Maddux has acted as a rover for the Cubs, scouting opponents as well as younger Cubs pitchers, and even showing up at Wrigley on occasion to help the younger pitchers. Whoever the Cubs' next manager is will be faced with the decision of either keeping the longest tenured Cubs coach, Larry Rothschild, or searching for a new pitching coach.
The Cubs aren't expected to make a decision on who their next manager will be until a week or two following the season.