According to multiple reports on Friday morning, the Cubs have spoken with former Indians and Mariners skipper Eric Wedge and plan to formally interview him next week for their managerial opening.
Eric Wedge would be the sixth known candidate for the Cubs’ job joining A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta, Rick Renteria, Dave Martinez and Torey Lovullo.
If Wedge does interview for the job, it will be the second time that he has interviewed with the Cubs. Eric Wedge was reportedly high on Jim Hendry’s list in 2010 before Mike Quade was hired.
Eric Wedge resigned from his job with the Mariners on September 27 but managed the final three games. Wedge suffered a stroke in July and missed a month of the season.
Eric Wedge managed the Cleveland Indians from 2003-2009 and was named AL Manager of the Year in 2007. Wedge’s Indians lost to the Red Sox in the ALCS that season. Seattle hired Wedge in October of 2010 and he led the Mariners for three seasons. Wedge cited differences in philosophies with the front office as the reason for stepping down in September.
In other skipper news, according to Ken Rosenthal the Nationals have hired Matt Williams as their new manager. A date for a formal announcement has not been reported.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are not the only ones conducting the interviews. As previously reported, Randy Bush and Tom Ricketts are known to be involved in the process. The Sun-Times reported, “Cubs insiders suggest the front office is comfortable hiring any of several candidates on their list and are conducting multiple interviews involving different layers of the upper management team with those candidates.
Rick Renteria interviewed for the Mariners’ job on Thursday and is thought to be the frontrunner for the Cubs’ job. The Sun-Times reported on Friday that the Padres “are making preparations to fill Renteria’s post.”
The Cubs will reportedly wait until after the World Series so they can formally interview Torey Lovullo.
Theo Epstein put a loose deadline of November 11 of having the new manager in place. And, one thing to keep in mind is that the front office is also conducting interviews to fill coaching positions on the new manager’s staff.
Stay tuned for updates from the Cubs’ Skipper Search …