The Red Sox and Cubs can’t seem to agree on what Theo Epstein’s value is, but they are apparently in lockstep over the worth of a quality manager.
With Wednesday's dismissal of Mike Quade, Epstein’s first order of business in Chicago is the same as it would have been in Boston: Hire a brand new manager.
So, not surprisingly, a lot of the same names are popping up on the two teams’ wish lists.
The Red Sox have already interviewed Phillies bench coach Peke Mackanin, and Wednesday had former Red Sox third base coach Dale Sveum in for a session. Both Mackinin and Sveum, currently the Brewers hitting coach, are also reportedly on Epstein’s list. Both teams have also expressed interest in former Red Sox pitcher — and current Rangers pitching coach — Mike Maddux.
“It’s possible we’ll be talking to some of the same people,” newly minted Red Sox general
manager Ben Cherington said.
“I think the right manager in Boston is not necessarily the right manager in Chicago.’’
The Red Sox have also reportedly received permission to talk to Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr.
Other Sox news
Tidbits from around Red Sox Nation:
Luis Tiant has been placed on the “Golden Era” ballot for Hall of Fame induction. To reach Cooperstown that way, a candidate must be named by 75 percent of the 16 Golden Era Committee members.
Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette will interview for the vacant Orioles GM slot Friday, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Red Sox executive Allan Baird has also been linked to the Orioles job, but is not an official candidate, ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote on Twitter.