ST. LOUIS The Cardinals completed their first round of managerial interviews Wednesday by meeting with former Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg and current St. Louis third-base coach Jose Oquendo.
A source close to the negotiations said Sandberg and Oquendo interviewed separately Wednesday in St. Louis with Cardinals principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr., general manager John Mozeliak and the rest of the four-person search committee.
The Cardinals have interviewed six candidates to replace retiring manager Tony La Russa. Joe McEwing, Chris Maloney and Mike Matheny interviewed last week, while former Boston skipper Terry Francona met with the Cardinals on Tuesday.
The source said the Cardinals don't anticipate making a decision until at least early next week but wouldn't say if any additional interviews were planned.
Sandberg has spent five seasons combined as a minor league manager at the Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels. He spent the first four seasons in the Cubs organization before managing the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A club, Lehigh Valley, in 2011.
In five seasons as a minor league manager, Sandberg's clubs have finished with a winning record four times. He was named the 2010 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2010 after guiding the Triple-A Iowa Cubs to an 82-62 record.
Sandberg was a 10-time All-Star selection and won nine Gold Gloves with the Chicago Cubs during a 16-year playing career from 1981-97. He was named the National League MVP in 1984 after hitting .314 with 200 hits, 114 runs scored, 19 triples, 84 RBI and 32 stolen bases.
His No. 23 is just one of four numbers retired by the Cubs, and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
Oquendo broke into the big leagues as a 19-year-old with the Mets and played two seasons in New York before joining the Cardinals at age 22 in 1986. In 10 seasons with the Cardinals from 1986-95, Oquendo hit .264 and scored 287 runs.
Known as the "Secret Weapon," Oquendo played all nine positions during the 1988 season. The infielder made a four-inning pitching appearance and took the loss during a marathon 19-inning game with the Atlanta Braves.
After serving as the Cardinals bench coach in 1999, Oquendo took over as third-base coach in 2000, a position he's held the past 11 seasons.
Oquendo, who managed the Puerto Rico team in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009, has interviewed for managerial openings for the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and New York Mets in recent years.