The Cubs appear to be looking very closely at Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as they enter what's been described as the "final stages" of their search.

Renteria looks like a strong favorite at the moment, though there's no word that anything's been decided or is official.

Renteria is said to most closely match what they are looking for as a teacher of young players, as the Cubs look to get the most out of a stash of high-end young players and prospects, including big leaguers Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo and minor leaguers Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and others.

As a rebuilding team with many top prospects, the Cubs have been seeking a teacher, and Renteria fits their needs. Renteria is a longtime minor-league manager who also managed Mexico in the WBC.

The Cubs should have a manager in place in the next few days, people familiar with the situation say.

Renteria has worked under the well-respected Padres manager Bud Black, and received high grades for his assistance with young players. He also knows Cubs GM Jed Hoyer from Hoyer's days in Chicago.