4 Possible Replacements for Cubs After Parting Ways With Joe Maddon

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)   Manager Joe Girardi #28 of the New York Yankees looks on before Game Three of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Astros 8-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Three | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Cubs general manager Joe Maddon has officially been ousted, and since Chicago is out of the playoffs this season, they can take their time in weighing their options for Maddon's successor.

Who's on the open market to replace the two-time World Series champion and elevate the Cubs back to their championship level of play from 2016?

4. Mark Loretta

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17:  Bench coach Mark Loretta #19 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during batting practice of during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 17, 2019 in Washington. DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Hey Cubs, why not keep some continuity and just promote your current bench coach? Loretta has already built relationships with the Cubs players and organization, and being a part of the team since January means he’s had enough time to ingratiate himself in the team’s culture. Loretta may not be the most experienced, but he’s still a safe pick, given his current position.

3. Carlos Beltran

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 2: Former baseball player Carlos Beltran attends the Pedro Martinez Foundation Third Annual Gala Supporting At-Risk Youth on November 2, 2018 at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Pedro Martinez Foundation Third Annual Gala Supporting At-Risk Youth | Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

It could be time for the Yankees' secret weapon to get a shot at a managerial gig. Beltran, who narrowly missed out on New York's gig after the 2017 season, has been credited for many of the Yanks' smartest in-game adjustments this season. He'd be a complete change of pace from Maddon's style of leadership, and he'll certainly get a chance somewhere this offseason.

2. Joe Girardi

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 21:  Greg Bird #33, manager Joe Girardi #28 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees look on from the dugout during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 21, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The 2006 NL Manager of the Year is available after the Yankees opted for Aaron Boone instead of Girardi in 2017. The 54-year-old has a history with the Cubs, too, having two separate stints with the franchise (1989-1992, 2000-2002). Girardi's last appearance as an MLB manager was when New York fell short to Houston in the 2017 ALCS. He’s got the titles and the resume to fit into what the Cubs are trying to recapture. But can they steal him from the New York Mets?

1. David Ross

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19:  Former Chicago Cubs player David Ross throws out a ceremonial first pitch before game five of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Ross retired from the MLB following Chicago's 2016 World Series win, and served as a special assistant to baseball operations for the Cubs during the 2017 season. If Chicago wants to recapture the magic of 2016, they should consider someone who played on that team. If Ross isn’t going to take a potential dance career too seriously, he may be the perfect choice to return to his old team’s dugout.