Rudy Jaramillo has his first suitor for 2010. It’s the Chicago Cubs, who have asked permission to speak to the Texas Rangers’ hitting coach the past 15 seasons. On Wednesday, Jaramillo declined the Rangers’ one-year, $545,000 offer for next season. Jaramillo remains under contract with the Rangers through Oct. 31.
The Cubs have been linked to Jaramillo since his decision not to return. He would be reunited with outfielder Milton Bradley, who struggled in his first year with the Cubs and was suspended for the final few weeks after becoming a distraction in the clubhouse. Bradley, though, enjoyed the best season of his career in 2008 under Jaramillo.
Meanwhile, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers have a few names but no formal list of candidates to replace Jaramillo. Colorado hitting coach Don Baylor, former Oakland hitting coach Thad Bosley and Triple A coach Scott Coolbaugh could surface as candidates.
— Jeff Wilson