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Cubs make addition to coaching staff

3 months agoAndy Martinez

New Cubs manager Craig Counsell’s coaching staff is beginning to take shape.

Ryan Flaherty is expected to be named as the Cubs bench coach, according to sources.

Flaherty is replacing Andy Green, who left the organization and joined the New York Mets front office. Flaherty most recently served as the Padres bench coach under Bob Melvin. Melvin left the Padres to become the Giants manager and Mike Shildt was named San Diego’s skipper.

Flaherty, 37, was the second of the Cubs’ two first-round pick in 2008, taken 41st overall. The infielder was taken in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft by Baltimore and played 6 seasons with the Orioles and 8 years overall in the big leagues. After his playing career ended in 2019, Flaherty joined San Diego as an advance scout and development coach. He was named the Padres bench coach in February and interviewed for San Diego’s managerial position after Melvin’s departure.

The Cubs have a few openings still on their staff. Bullpen coach Chris Young and catching/game strategy coach Craig Driver were both let go at the end of the season. Johnny Washington (assistant hitting coach) was named the Angels hitting coach. No replacements have been made for the trio.

Counsell stated at his introductory press conference that he was in no hurry to make decisions on his coaching staff.

“At this point, I’m still working through that process,” Counsell said at the time. “It’s a place that I want to go slow at right now, it’s a place I want to be deliberate because it’s important. I just need to do more homework is the best way to say it. I hadn’t done homework on the Cubs. I wasn’t prepared, so it’s a place where I’m behind.

“I think making a quicker decision is a mistake in this situation.”

His coaching staff could be finalized by next week, when the baseball world convenes in Nashville for the annual Winter Meetings.

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