Thursday, October 3, 2013
Source: Ausmus not in mix for Cubs job
By Jesse Rogers
There doesn't appear to be mutual interest between former major league catcher Brad Ausmus and the Chicago Cubs about their managerial opening, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Ausmus, 44, is one of several names associated with the opening if the Cubs aren't able to land current New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi. But the source said the Cubs have not reached out to Ausmus and he doesn't appear to have much interest in the job anyway. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reported Wednesday that Ausmus’ lack of managerial experience took him out of the mix for the Cubs job.
Ausmus, a special assistant to baseball operations for the San Diego Padres, was hired in San Diego when Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was the Padres' GM. Ausmus is preparing to leave the country on work for the team.
The Cubs have serious interest in hiring Girardi, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, but they would need permission to speak with him because Girardi is under contract with the Yankees until Nov. 1. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Girardi's agent, Steve Mandell, met on Wednesday to discuss the parameters of a deal.
Ausmus caught for five major league teams in his career before retiring after the 2010 season. His only managerial experience came with Team Israel for the World Baseball Classic.
The Cubs fired former manager Dale Sveum on Monday, and team president Theo Epstein said the organization would look at candidates with managerial experience.