The short list of finalists to become the next Cubs manager is dwindling.
Reports surfaced Saturday night the Detroit Tigers intend to hire Brad Ausmus as their new manager Sunday:
Very disappointing from a Cubs perspective to see Brad Ausmus headed to Detroit. He was the right hire here.— David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 3, 2013
An NL exec just said to me: "Ausmus hire is brilliant by Tigers. He will be a big hit in Detroit."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 3, 2013
I'm calling my best sources + they all are telling me Cubs have privately been vetting Ausmus for wks. Decided they need experienced teacher— David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 3, 2013
The Cubs brought Ausmus to Chicago Friday for an interview, but they are content taking their time in the search to replace Dale Sveum, who was fired a month ago. After interviewing Ausmus last week, the Tigers moved quick, replacing Jim Leyland not even two weeks after the legendary manager stepped down.
Ausmus, 44, has never managed in the big leagues, but drew acclaim through his 18-year MLB career as a cerebral player with solid leadership abilities. He could follow in the footsteps of other former catchers-turned-managers like Joe Girardi (New York Yankees) or Mike Matheny (St. Louis Cardinals).
The Cubs are still focusing on Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and a pool of candidates that includes San Diego Padres coach Rick Renteria and former Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge.
More from same source: "Renteria definitely front runner but they're considering talking to Lovullo. I think Renteria probably gets gig."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 3, 2013
More con't: "Cubs really were out in front on Ausmus weeks ago but they want proven teacher. Renteria will be good. Search very thorough."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 3, 2013
The Cubs are expected to make a final decision sometime in the next week-to-10 days.