According to multiple reports, the Chicago Cubs are closing in on naming their new pitching coach.
Those reports, from NBC Sports Chicago’s Patrick Mooney and 670 the Score’s Bruce Levine, say that the team is nearing a multi-year deal with Jim Hickey, who would replace Chris Bosio on manager Joe Maddon’s staff.
Hickey is already well familiar with Maddon, serving as his pitching coach with the Tampa Bay Rays. The coach was also a contender for several other jobs, including pitching coach positions with the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
Bosio, who was let go by the Cubs last week, was with the team for six years before the Cubs decided not to pick up the 2018 option on his contract.
In addition to Bosio, the Cubs have also made changes at a slew of other positions, including at hitting coach, where they hired Chili Davis on Thursday. The team will also have a new third base coach, as Gary Jones was let go, and a new assistant hitting coach after Eric Hinske left to join the Los Angeles Angels’ organization.