Chicago Cubs 3rd-base coach Will Venable is leaving for the Boston Red Sox, while new President Jed Hoyer isn’t planning immediate changes to the amateur scouting staff

Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune
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Jed Hoyer wasted little time in assuming his new duties as the Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations.

Hoyer conducted a meeting Wednesday with his amateur scouts, one of his first tasks since taking over for Theo Epstein after nine seasons.

“All systems go,” a source said of the meeting, in which Hoyer emphasized he doesn’t intend to make any immediate changes to a department supervised by Dan Kantrovitz, now in his second season.

The Cubs, however, will need to fill another position on manager David Ross’ coaching staff. A source confirmed that third-base coach Will Venable has agreed to become the Boston Red Sox bench coach under manager Alex Cora.

Venable, 38, recently interviewed for managerial vacancies with the Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, and he interviewed for manager jobs last year with the Cubs, Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants. Venable was the Cubs first-base coach in 2018-19 before switching to third base in 2020 as part of a staff shakeup.

The Cubs already were looking for a more data-driven assistant hitting coach to replace Terrmel Sledge.

The coaching changes are only part of a potential roster overhaul for the Cubs. Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo are one year away from free agency, and the team has an urgent need for starting pitching depth.

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