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Eric Wedge to interview for Cubs’ manager

The Cubs plan interview former Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge next week. | Getty

The Cubs plan to interview former Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge next week. | Getty

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Updated: October 25, 2013 1:29PM

The Cubs plan to interview former big-league manager Eric Wedge next week as part of a wide-ranging interview process to replace former manager Dale Sveum.

Wedge, 45, who resigned this month as manager of the Seattle Mariners, is the sixth known candidate for the job in the wake of first-choice Joe Girardi’s decision to return to the New York Yankees.

Interview dialogue between Wedge and the Cubs has already begun, with more extensive talks planned for next week.

Wedge interviewed for the Cubs’ job three years ago before then general manager Jim Hendry hired Mike Quade.

The former catcher spent the last three seasons with Seattle, finishing in fourth place each year, and seven seasons in Cleveland before that, with two winning seasons and a trip to the 2007 American League Championship Series (losing to Cubs president Theo Epstein’s Boston Red Sox).

San Diego bench coach Rick Renteria appears to remain the favorite, according to several industry sources, including some close to the Cubs’ process and others with knowledge of the Padres’ management team. One major-league source said the Padres are making preparations to fill Renteria’s post.

Cubs insiders suggest the front office is comfortable hiring any of several candidates on their list and are conducting multiple interviews involving different layers of the upper management team with those candidates.

Other candidates interviewed include Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez and former big-league managers Manny Acta and A.J. Hinch. Boston bench coach Torey Lovullo also is expected to interview once the World Series is done.

Despite the involved, lengthy process that began even before Girardi declined to jump ship to the Cubs, the team still expects to make a hire in advance of the Nov. 11-13 general managers meetings.

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