The Chicago Cubs are still looking for a replacement for color commentator Bob Brenly, who left the club last month to take the same job with the Diamondbacks. However, things are coming into focus for the club, and there are reportedly five finalists to replace Brenly: Dan Plesac, Rick Sutcliffe, Eric Karros, Todd Hollandsworth, and Gary Matthews.
Plesac and Sutcliffe are the two highest profile of the five candidates, but both have national contracts that could prevent them from taking the job. Plesac recently signed an extension with MLB Network, where he does a lot of studio work, particularly on MLB Tonight. Sutcliffe still has one year left on his contract with ESPN. I'm not sure either would be a great fit at this point in time for the Cubs, despite their passion for the franchise, due to the fact that it would be taking a step back on the national scale, although many Cubs games appear nationally on WGN. As for Matthews, he's a guy that the club should probably shy away from. He's simply not a very good broadcaster, and while he is a former Cubs player and coach, that should be a secondary factor to his actual ability at performing the job the team is hiring for.