A coaching staff under new Cubs manager Rick Renteria could come together quickly.
Reports coming out of the general managers meetings in Orlando, Fla., indicate that onetime Cubs third baseman Bill Mueller is under consideration to be the new hitting coach. Mueller would replace James Rowson, who returned to the New York Yankees organization.
It has also been reported that longtime minor-league coordinators Gary Jones and Bruce Fields could be in line for coaching-staff jobs. Both have ties to Renteria. Jones has been in the San Diego organization, and Fields has been in the Tigers' system.
Mueller, a former third baseman, has been a special assistant in the Los Angeles Dodgers' front office. He served as the Dodgers' hitting coach for part of the 2007 season.
The Cubs obtained Mueller from the Giants before the 2001 season, and he was off to a good start before breaking his kneecap while sliding into the wall during a game in St. Louis in May of that year. He was traded back to the Giants in 2002 and went on to win the American League batting title for the Boston Sox in 2003. Current Cubs president Theo Epstein was the Red Sox' GM back then.
Mueller would be the Cubs' third hitting coach in three seasons under Epstein, who fired Rudy Jaramillo during the 2012 season and replaced him with Rowson.
It hasn't been announced, but it's all but certain that pitching coach Chris Bosio and bullpen coach Lester Strode will return to the Cubs.