Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/15/11

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Epstein, who already interviewed four people during an eight-day span, said that Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer has talked on the phone with Boston Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale about the job. Similar to his stance on former Boston manager Terry Francona, Epstein doesn't feel the need to formally interview Hale.

"We know each other so well that we don't really need to go through the process," Epstein said. "Jed actually interviewed him, because he hasn't been with him for a couple of years. I know him really well. DeMarlo is a great coach and grew up in Chicago and it was worthwhile hearing from him."

Epstein wasn't sure he'd need to bring back any of the four candidates he spoke to in Chicago -- Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux or Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. -- for a second interview.

"Right now, we've completed our interviews," Epstein said. "So we have kind of stepped back and now move into the evaluation and decision phase."

Francona also still remains a viable possibility for the Cubs job and Epstein said, "It's the same. We continue to talk."

ESPNBoston | Cubs talk to DeMarlo Hale about job

I don't really expect Theo to make a strong push for DeMarlo -- I almost wonder if he conducted this interview just to give Hale a little extra spotlight, maybe raise his visibility among other teams looking for managers (whether now or in the future). If he were that interested, they'd meet in person, it doesn't matter how familiar they are with each other.

I also discount the fact that Francona is "a viable possibility" -- I think there's some level of Theo wanting to go out on his own with the Cubs. Sure, he's brought some front office people, but something tells me he will want a different person in the managerial role, particularly because of the public nature of it.

Either way, we shouldn't be surprised if Hale doesn't return. Managers often like to surround themselves with their own guys, so whoever we turn to might already have their own bench coach in mind. It's yet another (likely) change in an offseason of many. With the GM meetings (not to be confused with the winter meetings, which are much more active) underway, maybe some of these pieces will finally start to fall. Instead of just constantly losing people, it would be nice to add someone. Let's start with Ortiz and a manager.

CSNNE | Alomar yet to hear from Sox as GM meetings begin | Pap leaves Boston in the rear-view mirror | ESPNBoston | Phillies complete $50 million deal with Papelbon | Herald | Pap's over Red Sox | No good reason to root against Dale Sveum | GM Doug Melvin endorses Milwaukee bench coach | Globe | Papelbon eyes new challenge | Phillies complete deal with Papelbon | Epstein interviews Hale

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