The Cubs Managerial Interviews Resume … and Other News, Notes and Rumors

Will the third managerial candidate be the charm for the Chicago Cubs? Mike Maddux is scheduled to meet with Team Epstein on Wednesday for the Cubs managerial position. After Maddux withdrew his name from the Red Sox search two days ago, the speculation began that Maddux is the favorite to land the Cubs job.

It is no secret that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer like what they’ve seen from John Farrell and Bud Black since they became big league managers. Rumors suggested that Epstein would have asked for permission to speak with Farrell if the Blue Jays had not made it known that their staff would not be available for lateral moves. There were also reports that Black would have been a candidate for the Cubs’ job if not for an agreement between the Cubs and Padres that Team Epstein would not take any more personnel from San Diego’s front office and coaching staff.

Jed Hoyer told the Tribune that he is looking forward to creating a similar manager-general manager relationship as the one he had with Bud Black.

According to a report from the Tribune, Mike Maddux comes highly recommended to be the Cubs next manager … by his brother. Greg Maddux has likely provided his older brother plenty of information on the organization.

On the day the weekend passes for the 27th annual Cubs Convention go on sale, here’s the update …

Managerial Candidates
As expected, Sandy Alomar, Jr. will interview for the Cubs’ job later in the week. Alomar is scheduled to meet with Boston on Wednesday prior to interviewing with the Cubs … likely on Friday.

Following Alomar, Jr. it is unclear who will be next up for the Cubs. Jed Hoyer mentioned last week that the Cubs would interview five to six candidates. DeMarlo Hale and Tim Bogar are still rumored to be on the Cubs’ list. As for Dave Martinez, the Cubs have yet to ask for permission to interview the Rays’ current bench coach.

Carlos Zambrano
The Cubs rumor mill received a little jolt on Tuesday when reports surfaced that the Royals were interested in Carlos Zambrano.

Dayton Moore, the Royals’ GM, committed a faux pas on Monday while speaking with Mark Carmen of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City.

Moore made several comments regarding a player under contract with another team, which is a no-no.

Dayton Moore’s comments from the Comcast SportsNet:

“We would have to be interested. We would have to explore it because that’s what you should do. You should explore every opportunity. Carlos Zambrano is a heckuva competitor. Carlos Zambrano has had a lot of success in the major leagues. Carlos Zambrano is actually a very pleasant, easy going, classy person off the field. Sometimes, as with all of us the competitiveness takes over and brings out qualities in us that we are not proud of. Obviously the Cubs grew tired of some of his outbursts but I believe in our coaching staff and we’ll always take a chance and a risk on certain players. We’ll see how that particular situation unfolds.”

On Zambrano’s contract:

“He has a no trade clause for 29 other teams so he is going to have to be comfortable wherever he goes and there is a lot of money attached to his deal. There is a vesting option that is a part of that worth $18 or 19 million going forward. We certainly wouldn’t want to put ourselves in a position where we have to honor a contract of that nature.”

Dayton Moore admitted on Tuesday that he made a mistake with his comments regarding Carlos Zambrano.

“It’s our job as a baseball operations department to listen and explore every potential opportunity that would improve our team. We spend countless hours doing so and we invite everybody’s opinion as to how it pertains to how we could improve our team. And if one of our people brought up Carlos Zambrano, I would listen and ask questions about why they believe that. That’s all that was and I responded in that spirit.”

Kansas City could be interested in trading for Zambrano … if the Cubs are willing to pick up a significant chunk of the money he is owed according to Carrie Muskat.

Theo Epstein and Carlos Zambrano are expected to meet in the coming days to discuss Zambrano’s future with the Cubs.

Miscellanous News, Notes and Rumors

  • According to multiple reports, Ryne Sandberg will interview for the Cardinals’ managerial position on Wednesday.
  • During his weekly chat, Bruce Levine said his “gut” tells him that the Cubs will go after Mark Buehrle and/or C.J. Wilson as a priority.
  • In the wake of Mike Maddux withdrawing from the Red Sox managerial search, Boston added Blue Jays’ first base coach Torey Lovullo and Tigers’ third base coach Gene Lamont to their skipper search.
  • Yoenis Cespedes made a lot of noise earlier in the week when his showcase video hit You Tube. The Cuban slugger is on the radar of several of the big league teams and recently held a workout that all 30 big league teams attended. According to a tweet from Phil Rogers, the Cubs are very intrigued by the Cuban centerfielder and he could become their free-agent priority this time around, if homework checks out.

Keep in mind the Cespedes rumor came from Phil Rogers … regardless, his showcase video is well worth the time.

Please note: This video contains adult language and a full soundtrack

Well, there’s the update and I’m sticking to it …

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