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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Report: Fredi Gonzalez rebuffs Cubs

By Bruce Levine

Former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez has turned down the chance to interview for the Chicago Cubs' managerial vacancy, according to AOL FanHouse.

Major League Baseball sources have told that Gonzalez is waiting for the Braves' season to play out and will more than likely be offered the Atlanta job. Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton has been the only other name mentioned to replace Bobby Cox, who is retiring after 2010.

Cubs GM Jim Hendry, who has known Gonzalez for 25 years, has stayed consistent in his vow not to comment about any of the candidates or his managerial search until the process is completed.

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian reported Tuesday that former Mariners and Diamondbacks manger Bob Melvin is in line to get an interview with the Cubs. Hendry will most likely take upward of a month to complete his interviews of managerial candidates.

Gonzalez managed the Marlins from 2007 until he was fired in June this year. He posted a 276-279 record during his four seasons guiding Florida. Prior to accepting the Marlins' job, Gonzalez had worked as a third-base coach with the Braves.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for