Cubs closing in on Jaramillo deal

CHICAGO-- The Chicago Cubs appear to be closing in on a multi-year deal for hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo.

The negotiations could land the former Texas hitting instructor a three-year contract that could pay Jaramillo more than $2.4 million over the life of the contract, according to player sources. The Cubs have not commented on the talks. However, it is believed that negotiations are going smoothly at this point.

St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan made $850,000 last year and was thought to be the highest paid coach in baseball. Jaramillo, at $650,000, was believed to be the second-highest paid coach in the game.

Although other teams are interested in Jaramillo's services, the Cubs appear to be the runaway front-runner to sign the Texas hitting guru.