Rick Renteria to manage Cubs

Rick Renteria agreed to a three-year contract with the Chicago Cubs to be their manager on Thursday.

The deal includes club options for the 2017 and '18 seasons. Terms were not disclosed.

Renteria, 51, had been the bench coach for the San Diego Padres since 2011 after becoming a major league coach in 2008. He played infield for parts of five major league seasons after being drafted 20th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1980.

Renteria, who retired as a player in 1996 while with the Mexico City Reds, beat out A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta, Dave Martinez and Eric Wedge for the job. A fifth candidate, Brad Ausmus, was hired by the Detroit Tigers earlier in the week.

The Cubs reportedly weren't allowed to interview another candidate, Boston Red Sox coach Torey Lovullo, because of an agreement made when the Cubs hired president Theo Epstein in 2011 from the Red Sox.

Renteria is known as a hands-on teacher and a strong communicator. His ability to speak Spanish is believed to be a plus for the Cubs. Sources familiar with the process say the team was intent on hiring a Latin American manager and/or coaches, something lacking on the previous coaching staff.

Chicago has several key players of Latin American descent, including shortstop Starlin Castro, whose play regressed under former manager Dale Sveum.

"In order for us to win with this group -- and win consistently -- we must have the best possible environment for young players to learn, develop and thrive at the major league level," Epstein said after Sveum was fired.