Trammel, Rothschild's futures a question

HOUSTON -- Chicago Cubs bench coach Alan Trammel may return to the Cubs’ coaching staff in 2011.

Another possibility is Trammel could join Kirk Gibson on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ staff. Major league sources told ESPNChicago.com that Gibson would like his former teammate from the 1984 World Champion Tigers to join him as he prepares for his first full season as Arizona’s manager. The Diamondbacks are expected to name Gibson as their next manager on Monday.

Trammel had a 10-minute conversation with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry before Saturday’s game in Houston, discussing the dynamics of Hendry’s pursuit of a new manager and Trammel’s pursuit of gainful employment in 2011.

Trammel has also coached for the San Diego Padres, where he worked for general manager Kevin Towers. Towers was named the Diamondbacks general manager two weeks ago.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild has an option for 2011 on a contract that pays him in excess of $400,000 a year.

Rothschild, the Cubs pitching coach since 2002, has worked with five managers during his tenure with the team (Don Baylor, Bruce Kimm, Dusty Baker, Lou Piniella and Mike Quade). Rothschild, a Homewood-Flossmoor native, has one of the best reputations in the game as a pitching coach. With many manager changes expected this offseason, he would be highly-sought by other teams if he decides not to return to the Cubs.