Source: Chicago Cubs near hire

Updated: October 16, 2010, 5:29 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Cubs appear to be close to a conclusion in the hiring of their next manager.

With former Cleveland manager Eric Wedge about to become the new Seattle manager, according to a report from ESPN.com's Buster Olney, the competition has been cut to three men, with Mike Quade, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and Bob Melvin the only remaining candidates on Jim Hendry's list.

According to a major-league source, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has met with Quade and Sandberg, but as of Friday had not had any interview with Melvin.

The naming of the Cubs new manager could come as early as next week, according to a major-league source. Major League Baseball does not allow teams to make major announcements during the World Series, which is set to start on October 28.

Although Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been rumored to be interested in the Cubs' job, there has not been any contact between Girardi and the team. A major-league source told ESPNChicago.com that the Yankees are prepared to offer Girardi a three-year contract after the playoffs conclude for New York.

Late last week, MSNBC reported that Quade would be hired as the Cubs' new manager and that Sandberg would become his bench coach. A Cubs source said that that scenario had never been discussed, to the best of his knowledge.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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