Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/1/13
The process of selling the Cubs organization to top-of-the-line managerial candidates rarely has been as easy as it is right now for President Theo Epstein. If the impact players in the Cubs' farm system are as good as advertised a stacked lineup that figures to include Javier Baez Kris Bryant Jorge Soler and Albert Almora should be jelling by the end of the next manager's contract making him a lock for an extension. Add in a brand new spring training complex in Arizona the eventual transformation of Wrigley Field the Cubs' ability to pay top scale and the lure of the holy grail and there's no reason the best and the brightest candidates wouldn't be interested. "We know exactly what we're looking for" Epstein said. "And I think we're going to find it." After firing Dale Sveum on Monday Epstein said he will begin the process of asking permission from teams and talking to candidates Tuesday morning. He believes he can wrap it up before the general managers' meetings in early November and unlike 2011 he won't bring the candidates in to meet the media after their interviews. "We want to be very thorough but I think if we act quickly it means we're certain that we found what we're looking for" Epstein said. "I'm not opposed to a quick process if it means we're 100 percent certain we found what we're looking for. But we'll be done before the GM meetings to get on with the business of baseball." Epstein said they'll look at major league managing experience "first and foremost" but won't overlook those who haven't done it yet. The ability to develop young players and strong leadership qualities are the two main criteria Epstein cited in the job search while "creativity" also is in the mix. If the Cubs are looking for the most creative psychologist/manager in the game they'd have to put a request in to talk to the Rays' Joe Maddon.
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