The St. Louis Cardinals have asked the Chicago Cubs for permission to interview Ryne Sandberg for their vacant managerial position, FOXSports.com reported.
The Cardinals are seeking a replacement for Tony La Russa, who announced his retirement Monday after winning his third World Series championship.
Sandberg, a former star second baseman for the Cubs, has long been rumored as a possible managed with Chicago.
The Cubs fired manager Mike Quade on Wednesday, but new head of baseball operations Theo Epstein said the next manager must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.
Sandberg was the manager of Chicago's Triple-A affiliate this past season.