BOSTON -- A few days ago, the Red Sox had the managerial field to themselves, being the only franchise of the 30 in the hunt for a new manager.
But the retirement of Tony La Russa Monday and the firing of Mike Quade Wednesday means the Sox now have company with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs are particularly relevant, since they are led by president of baseball operations Theo Epstien. In his final weeks with the Red Sox, Epstein helped direct the search for a replacement for Terry Francona.
Now, he may be interested in some of the same candidates to replace Quade.
"There may be some people that we both talk to," confirmed Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. "That hasn't happened yet because they have started their (search) yet. It's possible that we'll be talking to some of the same people.
"But the teams are different. The teams are at different stages. The cities are different. I think the right manager in Boston is not necessarily the right manager in Chicago and the right manager in Chicago is not necessarily the right manager in Boston.
"Theo and I may agree on a lot of stuff, but I don't think we're looking for the same person in this particular case. We did a lot of work together right after Tito 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 noted that the personal relationship between a manager and general manager is "critical," and by definition, he and Epstein may be in the market for different personalities.
"I don't think we're looking for the same person," he said, "even if some of the candidates we might consider may be similar.''