Cubs fire manager Rick Renteria

— -- With the potential hire of Joe Maddon looming, the Chicago Cubs fired manager Rick Renteria on Friday.

Renteria managed the Cubs last season, posting a 73-89 record.

"Today we made the difficult decision to replace Rick Renteria as manager of the Chicago Cubs," said Cubs president Theo Epstein in a statement. "On behalf of Tom Ricketts and Jed Hoyer, I thank Rick for his dedication and commitment, and for making the Cubs a better organization."