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Martinez to interview for Cubs job this week

Rays bench coach Dave Martinez will interview for the Cubs manager's job later this week.

Martinez, who started his career with the Cubs and returned briefly in 2000, said he was excited by the opportunity.

"I really am,'' Martinez said. "I love Chicago. I love Wrigley Field. ... It would be tremendous.''

Martinez, 49, has been the Rays bench coach for six seasons - during which the Rays have made four postseason appearances.

Martinez has previously interviewed for manager's jobs with the Indians, Blue Jays and Astros, and was said to be a finalist last off-season for the Houston job that went to Bo Porter.

"Every year that I have under my belt I'm a lot more confident and a lot more prepared for the challenges of being a manager,'' Martinez said.

Even more so with the Cubs.

"I love the idea of being part of winning a championship in Chicago,'' Martinez said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge.''

Former D-backs manager A.J. Hinch, former Indians and Nats manager Manny Acta and Padres bench coach Rick Renteria are reported to be candidates in Chicago as well.