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11/3 Manager update

Expect a new Cubs manager to be revealed this week. All that’s known so far is who it won’t be.

Brad Ausmus, who interviewed Friday with the Cubs, has reportedly been named the Tigers next manager. Ausmus was the sixth candidate to talk to Theo Epstein. On Tuesday, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, 45, met with Epstein and the front office to discuss the vacant manager’s job. The Cubs also have interviewed Rick Renteria, A.J. Hinch, Dave Martinez and Manny Acta.

The Cubs also will talk to Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, 48. FOX Sports and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday that Lovullo will talk to Epstein and Co. early this week. That interview was delayed because Lovullo didn’t want to distract from the World Series. Epstein hired Lovullo to manage the Red Sox’s Triple-A Pawtucket team in 2010.

The only deadline Epstein has set is to have someone in place by Nov. 11 when the general manager meetings are held. Dale Sveum was dimissed on Sept. 30 after two seasons as the Cubs manager.

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer hired Ausmus as a special assistant with the Padres in November 2010 when Hoyer was the GM in San Diego, and he was the third person with a San Diego connection to interview for the Chicago job. Renteria, 51, who also interviewed with the Mariners and Tigers, is the Padres’ bench coach. Hinch, 39, is currently involved with player development in the Padres’ front office.

Epstein has said he wants someone with managerial experience, which Ausmus lacked. He played 18 seasons and his only time as a manager was with Team Israel in a qualifying tournament for the World Baseball Classic.

Renteria does not have any time in the big leagues as a manager but has worked in the Minor Leagues, beginning in 1998 as manager in the Marlins organization with the Brevard County team. He left the Marlins system after 2001, and was a hitting coach for the Padres’ Lake Elsinore Minor League team in 2003. In ’04, he took over Lake Elsinore as manager, and after three seasons, moved up to manage Triple-A Portland. Renteria joined the Padres Major League staff in 2008 and has been bench coach since ’11. He also managed Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic this year.

– Carrie Muskat

11/1 Ausmus meets with Cubs

Theo Epstein said he wanted the next Cubs manager to have some experience at the job but apparently Brad Ausmus may not need that requirement. The Cubs interviewed Ausmus at Wrigley Field on Friday. Ausmus, 44, who interviewed Monday with the Tigers, played 18 seasons, and was currently a special assistant with the Padres. His only managerial experience was with Team Israel in a qualifying tournament for the World Baseball Classic.

Ausmus was a three-time Gold Glove winner and named to the All-Star team in 1999. He was drafted in the 47th round by the Yankees in 1987, but wanted to attend Dartmouth College. The Yankees allowed him to do so while playing in the Minor Leagues. He finished his career in 2010, having played for the Padres, Tigers, Astros and Dodgers, and compiled a career .251 batting average, 80 home runs and 607 RBIs in 18 seasons.

Houston manager Phil Garner once joked that he had to keep playing Ausmus “because if he starts managing, he’ll be better than me.” Ausmus’ response: “Yeah, but if he keeps playing me more, he may end up losing his job anyway.”

Joe Torre also predicted Ausmus would someday manage, and had the catcher take control of the Dodgers for one game at the end of the 2010 season.

“I’m not going to say that I don’t [have that ambition], but I can’t say 100 percent that I do,” Ausmus said after that Dodgers’ game, a 7-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. “I might go home and decide that is where I want to be all the time. I wasn’t even married until after I got to the big leagues, and I haven’t been home with my family for more than three or four months at a time. They may decide they don’t like me.”

He’s also quick with the quip. In 2010, the Sporting News called Ausmus the ninth smartest athlete in sports.

“I feel like when they say I’m one of the smarter ballplayers, it’s just their way of saying I don’t hit very much,” Ausmus responded.

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer hired Ausmus as a special assistant with the Padres in November 2010 when Hoyer was the GM in San Diego. Ausmus is the third person with a Padres connection to be interviewed for the Cubs job. Rick Renteria, 51, who has interviewed with the Mariners and Tigers, is the Padres’ bench coach. A.J. Hinch, 39, is currently involved with player development in the Padres’ front office.

– Carrie Muskat

11/1 Manager update

If Theo Epstein sticks to his schedule, he now has 10 days to name a new Cubs manager. Epstein said he wanted someone in place before the GM meetings, which begin Nov. 11. The Cubs have talked to Rick Renteria, Dave Martinez, Manny Acta and Eric Wedge. On Thursday, Renteria, 51, interviewed for the Tigers job. He’s also talked to the Mariners about their vacancy.

Epstein most likely is waiting for the Red Sox celebration to quiet down before contacting third base coach Torey Lovullo, whom Boston manager John Farrell has endorsed. The Tigers also reportedly want to talk to Lovullo.

The wild card candidate is Brad Ausmus, 44, who interviewed Monday with the Tigers. Ausmus played 18 seasons, and was currently a special assistant with the Padres. Epstein has said he preferred to hire someone with managerial experience, and Ausmus has only managed Team Israel in a qualifying tournament for the World Baseball Classic.

– Carrie Muskat

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