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Former Padres Manager Andy Green Reportedly in Line to Replace Mark Loretta as Cubs Bench Coach

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 17:  Manager Andy Green of the San Diego Padres walks across the field in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 17, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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And the overhaul of the Chicago Cubs' coaching staff continues.

MLB insider Jon Heyman reported on Friday evening that the Cubbies are closing in on hiring former San Diego Padres manager Andy Green as their bench coach to replace Mark Loretta, who will not return to the Windy City in 2020.

Green was let go by the Padres in late September after leading San Diego to a 274-366 record, which equates to a .428 winning percentage, in four seasons at the helm.

His appointment should be considered a sufficient one by the Cubs, but the more alluring storyline here is the status of Loretta, who was very much in the running for Chicago's managerial job, before David Ross was hired, of course.

Whatever the case, this is yet another instance of the Cubs making sweeping chances to their staff. Joe Maddon, longtime bullpen coach Lester Strode, and now Mark Loretta are either no longer with the club or are serving in a different position.

Changes are abound in Chicago, but fans are just hoping that their club doesn't take a step back in 2020.