Terry Lovullo and Brad Ausmus are still not officially in the Cubs manager derby.
While Eric Wedge interviewed Tuesday in Chicago, I had heard earlier in the day the Cubs search would have some real movement come the weekend. Rick Renteria is still seen as the leader in the clubhouse as of now. However, many have expected the Boston bench coach, Lovullo, to get an interview as soon as the World Series concludes.
Patrick Mooney’s sources also indicate that Ausmus may be the X factor in the process. Personally, I find both Lovullo and Ausmus the most appealing of the bunch. New information says the front office is divided on whether to give Ausmus an interview.
The Cubs may have to decide fast as the Nationals and Tigers have already spoken with Ausmus.
When it comes to any candidate creating a buzz, it is entirely possible the Cubs don’t consider it at all a factor. Ausmus and Lovullo seem to have more media buzz going than Renteria would likely generate.
Ausmus has the "next Mike Matheny" tag going right now. Lovullo would garner buzz just by coming fresh from the Red Sox organization, straight from a World Series, and right now likely a title.
The reality is, the Cubs haven’t asked for permission to speak to either candidate, according to sources. Ausmus currently works for the Padres organization.
It has been a long road since the Cubs fired Dale Sveum and Joe Girardi decided to stay put in New York. It is likely the conclusion of the World Series will bring us to the home stretch.
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