Source: Fredi Gonzalez Declines Chance to Interview for Cubs Job
A major league source told FanHouse Tuesday that the Cubs had reached out to Gonzalez, the deposed Florida Marlins manager, with an offer of a job interview.
Gonzalez, the source said, told the Cubs thanks, but no thanks.
On the face of things, it's odd for an unemployed manager to turn down an interview. But Gonzalez, who used to be the third base coach under Bobby Cox in Atlanta, is widely believed to be the extreme frontrunner in the Braves' competition to replace Cox, who has already announced his retirement at the end of the season.
The 46-year-old Gonzalez, who lives in Atlanta in the offseason, has a long relationship with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, and it has been one of Hendry's goals to bring in a manager with big league experience, the exception being longtime Cubs favorite Ryne Sandberg, who is managing at Triple-A Iowa.
Sandberg and former Cleveland manager Eric Wedge have interviewed already, interim manager Mike Quade is an option and there have been repeated rumors that the Cubs might make a play for Yankees manager Joe Girardi, whose contract is up at season's end.
It's also possible that another candidate or two might surface in the next week or so, although Hendry's timetable will allow him to talk to candidates after the season is over. Hendry has said that he would like to have a new manager in place by the time the Cubs hold their organizational meetings in November.