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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs minor league manager Ryne Sandberg will be one of several candidates the team will meet with over the next 10 days, according to a major league source. Other known candidates include former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, who will also have a meeting with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry during that same time period, according to the source.
Former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge most likely will go through a second interview over the next month as well. Cubs interim manager Mike Quade also is on the list of candidates to be interviewed.
It's unknown whether Joe Girardi will be a factor for the Cubs' job because of his contractual obligations to the New York Yankees. The American League East-leading Yankees could be in the World Series, which could go as long as Nov. 4. The Cubs would like their manager in place when they start their organizational meetings in Mesa on Nov. 2.
Hendry is on record stating that there are no favorites for the job nor will there be until he completes his interview process and takes it to owner Tom Ricketts for approval.
Sandberg, the Hall of Fame former Cubs second baseman, was recently named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Gonzalez, who was fired by the Marlins on June 24, had a 275-279 record in four seasons there. Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-09, winning the American League Manager of the Year Award in 2007.
Quade has led the Cubs to a 9-5 record since taking over for Lou Piniella, who retired on Aug. 22.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.