If it's true Theo Epstein has targeted Joe Girardi as his next manager, then things could be lining up quickly for a conclusion.
Multiple sources confirmed today that Girardi's camp let the Cubs know (through back channels) that not only was Girardi willing to talk, but that Chicago was his preferred destination.
One source was intrigued that Epstein would have such an interest in the Yankee manager without having any prior experience of working with him.
Another source claimed there were some within the Cubs organization still fighting for current manager Dale Sveum. However, the chances of Sveum retaining his job were thought to be very slim.
Early Friday veteran baseball writer Peter Gammons appeared on the Score 670 AM and pointed to Brad Ausmus as a top candidate. I'm told Ausmus would be on a shortlist that would also include Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire and Sandy Alomar Jr.
It all still comes down to Girardi, the Cubs will make their move for him before talking to anyone else. Things could get moving early next week as Epstein told reporters he would have an announcement regarding Sveum's fate on Monday.
Could the Yankees still step in and somehow convince their leader to stay on? Sure, this is no slam dunk, but the interest is real and mutual.
Your move Theo.