The Cubs still have not selected a man to replace the fired Dale Sveum as their field manager. It's been tweeted this morning by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal that one of the other managerial vacancies, the Nationals, will be filled by Matt Williams.
That leaves three open managerial positions: the Cubs, the Tigers and the Mariners. The man who recently quit the manager's job in Seattle is now a candidate for the Cubs' job, according to the Tribune:
The Chicago Cubs have spoken to Eric Wedge about their vacant managerial position. A scouting source confirmed the Cubs' interest Friday morning, adding that an interview will be conducted soon. Wedge, 45, has managed 10 seasons in the major leagues and came within one game of leading the Cleveland Indians to the 2007 World Series. He managed the past three seasons in Seattle but departed in a contract dispute.
The "dispute" was apparently over where the Mariners were in their rebuilding phase, and whether they would try harder to field a contending team. Sound familiar?
Wedge had two very good 90+ win seasons in Cleveland (2005 and 2007), but otherwise his Indians teams muddled around .500. In Seattle, he made a bit of progress from 67 wins in his first season to 75 in his second, but the Mariners appear to be treading water.
Despite having 10 years of managerial experience, Wedge is the third-youngest candidate being considered by Theo & Co. He's 45 and began his managerial career quite young at just 34. (Manny Acta and A.J. Hinch are younger.)
I don't really have a position one way or another on Wedge. He's got significant experience, including a team in the postseason, yet he doesn't appear to have any real supporters nor detractors. He's just kind of ... there.
I'm sure you'll have an opinion, though. Have at it. (Yes, I chose the photo intentionally, mainly for the look of utter resignation on Wedge's face.)