Cubs let go of Quade as manager



Theo Epstein is looking for a new manager to lead the Chicago Cubs.

He knows exactly the type of candidate that he wants, too.

In his first major on-field move since becoming the team’s president of baseball operations, Epstein fired Cubs manager Mike Quade on Wednesday and began the search for his replacement.

Epstein quickly laid out the qualifications he has in mind for the team’s next manager.

One of those is managerial and/or coaching experience in the major leagues, which would eliminate a popular fan choice in Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

Sandberg managed Philadelphia’s Triple-A team last season and could be a candidate in St. Louis.

Another potential candidate in Chicago could be Terry Francona, Epstein’s manager in Boston.

Another name that’s been mentioned is Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, who once played for the Cubs.

RED SOX: Have interviewed Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum for their managerial job.

Sveum was a third base coach with Boston in 2004 and 2005.

RANGERS: Backup infielder Andres Blanco is among five players that American League champion Texas outrighted off its 40-man roster after each cleared waivers.

The Rangers also outrighted infielder Esteban German and right-handers Omar Beltre, Eric Hurley and Merkin Valdez.