It appears as if the work Theo Epstein did during his last few days at Fenway has carried over to his new job in Chicago.
Both the Red Sox and the Cubs are still searching for a manager, and according to several reports, both teams have been granted permission by the Texas Rangers to speak with pitching coach Mike Maddux.
"We did a lot of work together right after Tito (Terry Francona) left, and since Theo's left, our list has probably changed a little bit, and I don't know what his list looks like," Cherington told ESPN. "This hire in Boston -- Theo mentioned this before -- the manager-general manager relationship is critical, and it's got to be one where you can develop a mutual respect. You can disagree and argue and wake up the next morning and go back to work together, so that personal relationship is key. And the person that I would develop that kind of good working relationship with may be different than the person that Theo would.
"So I don't think we're looking for the same person even if some of the candidates we might consider could be similar.''
Maddux, 50, pitched for the Red Sox in the 1995 and 1996 seasons and has spent the last nine seasons as a pitching coach. He's spent the last three seasons with the Rangers and was with the Brewers before that.
The Rangers had a 3.79 ERA as a team this season under Maddux.
It has also been confirmed by several outlets that the Red Sox have been granted permission to interview Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. WEEI was the first to report the story.