The Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs have asked permission to interview Mike Maddux for the manager position, according to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s John Heyman.
The former Major League Baseball pitcher is currently the pitching coach for the Texas Rangers. He had previously coached six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Maddux, who played in Boston, does not have managerial experience but drastically improved the Rangers pitching game over the past two years. The Rangers posted a 3.93 ERA last year, which was the fourth best in the American League before lowering it to 3.79 this year. The Red Sox managerial position is vacant after longtime skipper Terry Francona’s parted ways with the team after a dramatic collapse this past September. The Cubs’ front office line-up continues to change as new team president Theo Epstein fired manager Mike Quade yesterday.