ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have granted permission to both the Cubs and the Red Sox to speak to pitching coach Mike Maddux about their managerial openings. The Red Sox are looking for a manager to replace Terry Francona, who stepped down at the end of the regular season. The Cubs job came open on Wednesday when new president of baseball operations Theo Epstein informed Mike Quade that he would not be returning. "Mike is in a key role for us and has had a prominent hand in our success the past few years," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "But this is a unique opportunity to discuss a coveted position with two storied franchises, and we believe in allowing our people to pursue opportunities that they're interested in. It reflects well both on Mike and our organization that he's under consideration."
Maddux said during the playoffs that he would be interested in managing, but these opportunities came unexpectedly. Maddux is at home in Las Vegas and unable to speak because of laryngitis but was able to comment by computer in a conference call with reporters on Thursday. "I'm humbled to find how highly some other organizations feel about me," Maddux said. "It's come upon our family and me quickly. Just last week we were in the World Series and managing another club was not on the game plan." The timing on any job interviews depends on how soon Maddux recovers from laryngitis. But he is hoping to meet with both teams at some point next week. "This puts a little delay on everything," Maddux said. "Both teams and I plan to set up meeting times based on my recovery ... unbelievable to hear both those two teams have interest. Both are storied franchises, full of tradition, ballparks are shrines and they have great fans year after year." Maddux has never managed before. He played 15 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1986-2000 and then became a pitching coach in the Astros farm system. From 2003-08 he was the Brewers pitching coach before being hired by the Rangers. Both Padres manager Bud Black and John Farrell of the Blue Jays were pitching coaches before being hired at their current jobs. "Buddy and John have opened the door for former pitchers to advance in the game up to the manager's seat," Maddux said. "Because of their success, I feel that teams are more open to looking into the idea of a former hurler leading a team." If Maddux were to leave Texas, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins would likely be the leading candidate to be the pitching coach. He served in that capacity in the second half of the 2008 season before Maddux was hired. "It wouldn't be appropriate to speculate on what we'd do if he gets the job, though you know our philosophy is to promote from within when we can," Daniels said.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.