ST. PETERSBURG - Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez will interview later this week for the Chicago Cubs managerial position.
“I'm ready,” Martinez said. “I know I'm ready to manage.”
The Cubs reportedly interviewed Padres bench coach Rick Renteria on Monday in California. Martinez said he will fly to Chicago later this week, but he has yet to finalize which day he'll meet with the Cubs.
Martinez has been the Rays bench coach since 2008. Since then, the Rays have reached the postseason four times, won the AL East twice and reached the World Series once.
“It's been a great run,” Martinez said.
Martinez was a third-round pick by the Cubs in the 1983 supplemental draft. He made his major league debut with the Cubs in 1986 and spent parts of his first three seasons in the big leagues with them.
“I'm real fond of Wrigley Field,” Martinez said. “It's always been my favorite place to play.”
Martinez has interviewed for managerial openings in Toronto, Cleveland and Houston. He was a candidate for the Chicago White Sox job after the 2011 season, but did not receive an interview because the White Sox quickly hired Robin Ventura.
“I enjoyed the interview process the last couple of times,” Martinez said. “Having another year as a bench coach should help.”