Cubs interview Brad Ausmus for managerial opening

Cubs interview Brad Ausmus for managerial opening
November 1, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

With the World Series over, the Cubs managerial search is heating up.

A major league source indicated former MLB catcher Brad Ausmus was in Chicago on Friday to interview for the Cubs' vacancy.

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Ausmus, 44, was selected in the 48th round of the 1987 MLB Draft, but enjoyed an 18-year big league career and caught more than 1,900 games with the Astros, Padres, Tigers and Dodgers. He is currently a special assistant in the Padres front office, and his managerial experience is limited to Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic.

CSNChicago's Patrick Mooney reported earlier this week Ausmus was on the Cubs' radar after weeks of being linked to the team in rumors.

The Cubs front office has shown a propensity to stick with candidates they are personally familiar with, including Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, who managed Boston's Triple-A team in 2010 when Cubs president Theo Epstein was still the Red Sox GM.

[MORE: Cubs can focus on Lovullo after Red Sox World Series run]

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer hired Ausmus for the front office position in San Diego in 2010, and Ausmus spent time with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who was a budding prospect in the Padres system at the time.

Ausmus interviewed with the Detroit Tigers on Monday.