Cubs talk to Manny Acta

The Chicago Cubs met with Manny Acta on Monday about their manager vacancy, Acta confirmed to ESPNChicago.com.

"They were fruitful conversations. [It] is an attractive opportunity, a wonderful city and a team that has a lot of talent in the minor leagues and is operated by people who already won in other places," Acta told Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com.

Team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer spent seven hours with the former Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals skipper, Acta said. The story was initially reported by CSN Chicago.

"I shared about seven hours with the Cubs ... and exchanged baseball philosophy," Acta said. "I am grateful and proud that I have been taken into account for this process, but it is a long process and there are many other good candidates on their agenda."

The Cubs' top target remains the New York Yankees' Joe Girardi, but the Cubs must wait until Girardi's current contract ends Oct. 31 before they can negotiate with him.

Acta, currently a "Baseball Tonight" analyst for ESPN, has a 372-518 record as a manager.

"I don't have to leave anything yet; this was just an interview," Acta said. "It would be wonderful. The Cubs are one of the most popular franchises in the country and Chicago is a great market."

CSN also reported that Sandy Alomar Jr. was "not a strong candidate" to manage the Cubs.

Information from ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers is included in this report.