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Dave Martinez to rejoin Joe Maddon as Cubs bench coach

Dave Martinez is returning to Joe Maddon’s side.

The former Tampa Bay Rays bench coach will serve the same role in Chicago, the Cubs announced Thursday.

Martinez, 50, served as Maddon’s bench coach in Tampa Bay the last seven seasons. His hiring completes Maddon’s coaching staff, which has had to play musical chairs to accommodate the hire.

Brandon Hyde will shift to first-base coach, and Doug Dascenzo, who was named the first-base coach on Oct. 9, will remain in the organization as an outfield and baserunning coordinator with responsibilities in the major and minor leagues.

Martinez was free to look for coaching positions after he was excluded from the finalists for the Rays managerial vacancy. Speculation that Martinez would rejoin Maddon has been rumored ever since the skipper joined the Cubs.

Martinez played 16 seasons as an outfielder in the big leagues with nine teams and was originally drafted by the Cubs in 1983.