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Report: Piniella agrees to manage Cubs

ESPN.com news services

CHICAGO -- Lou Piniella apparently will take his fiery brand of managing to "the Windy City."

Chicago radio station ESPN 1000 reported Monday that the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a three-year deal with Piniella.

Financial terms have not been finalized, but the radio station is reporting that Piniella will receive approximately $3 million annually. The Cubs officially will announce the hiring of Piniella on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

Piniella, 63, faces a difficult task in turning around a Cubs franchise which posted a 66-96 record in 2006 and has reached the postseason just twice in the last 17 years.

The subject of numerous recent rumors, Piniella owns a career record of 1,519-1,420 in 19 seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Seattle Mariners, the Cincinnati Reds and the New York York Yankees. He guided the Reds to a World Series championship in 1990 and twice was named American League Manager of the Year while with the Mariners.

On Friday, Piniella took himself out of the running for the San Francisco Giants' opening. He has also spoken to the Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers, although he said the Washington job is not an ideal fit.

Piniella, 63, has been working in television since parting ways with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after the 2005 season following three difficult years as manager.

The Cubs chose not to bring back manager Dusty Baker when his contract expired.

Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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The Cubs will, obviously, finish the job that Tampa started, namely, killing Lou's managerial career.

As a Cubs fan, I like this...but I know it won't end well.

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Then I guess Pinellia found Dusty Baker's wallet. Or was he even looking for Steve Lyons' wallet? I get it mixed up.

All the same, this is one thing I hate about baseball. Pinellia's last job ended in failure. Why would the Cubs thing things will be any different?

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All the same, this is one thing I hate about baseball. Pinellia's last job ended in failure. Why would the Cubs thing things will be any different?

But let's be honest did Tampa's mangement at the time really give him a chance to succed? No. I think Lou got as much as anyone could out of those clubs. If you look at Pinellia's over all track record he has done a pretty good job at turning around teams.

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This was their best option to me. Girardi was good for Florida...for one year, but he seemed like one of those young managers that could have put a fire under them.

I doubt he'll (Pinella) turn it around, but he'll most likely right the ship. With the money they could spend, and a manager that can actually run their decent bullpen, and the fact that perhaps finally, the season will not rest on wood or prior's sholders, they could start getting better.

I don't see it happening, but you never know. The pieces (in theory) are in place or availible. We'll see if upper management actually uses the right pieces or not.

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All the same, this is one thing I hate about baseball. Pinellia's last job ended in failure. Why would the Cubs thing things will be any different?

But let's be honest did Tampa's mangement at the time really give him a chance to succed? No. I think Lou got as much as anyone could out of those clubs. If you look at Pinellia's over all track record he has done a pretty good job at turning around teams.

I suppose so. I look at Frank Robinson with the Expos, however, and he did way more with less. Ditto Joe Girardi with last season's Marlins, who had management actively rooting against him.

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See; The Arizona Cardinals bad teams lose always its not the players its the franchise and the Cubs will never win with their ownwershi and front office.

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This will be a good hiring for the Cubbies. They may not win any more than they usually do (or don't), but Lou's a good quote and will liven up the scene with his arguments with the umps and bring some life to the old ballpark. The fans will love him - for a time...

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This will be a good hiring for the Cubbies. They may not win any more than they usually do (or don't), but Lou's a good quote and will liven up the scene with his arguments with the umps and bring some life to the old ballpark. The fans will love him - for a time...

Thank you. I was looking for a reason to be interested in this team next year. Sound bites. Now I know, and knowing is half the battle. :rolleyes:

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[snip]and the fact that perhaps finally, the season will not rest on wood or prior's sholders, they could start getting better.

As a Cubs fan, I wish I could see what you're seeing on this. As long as Prior and Wood are under contract to the Cubs, they'll be counted on in one way, shapre or form. He!!, Wood is generally listed among the potential closers for next year (in newspaper articles), and we don't know if he'll be able to pitch on a regular basis.

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[snip]and the fact that perhaps finally, the season will not rest on wood or prior's sholders, they could start getting better.

As a Cubs fan, I wish I could see what you're seeing on this. As long as Prior and Wood are under contract to the Cubs, they'll be counted on in one way, shapre or form. He!!, Wood is generally listed among the potential closers for next year (in newspaper articles), and we don't know if he'll be able to pitch on a regular basis.

Wood won't be under contract until the team decides to either pick up his option (not likely at $13 million), or buy him out ($3 million), then re-sign him to an incentive-laden contract (more likely). Don't act like it's a foregone-conclusion Wood will be back...

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