Blue Jays narrowing search for manager

Blue Jays narrowing search for manager

The Blue Jays continue to reduce their list of managerial candidates, inching closer to making a final decision on who will replace Cito Gaston. According to one report, Toronto may be ready to reveal its choice by next week.

A report by Comcast Sportsnet New England's Sean McAdam on Wednesday indicated that the Blue Jays have narrowed their list of contenders down to three: Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale and Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell.

Alomar, who has no managerial experience, has interviewed for the job three times, MLB.com confirmed on Monday. Like Alomar, Farrell has no experience as a manager. However, Hale managed in the Minor League system for both Boston and Texas. He has been on manager Terry Francona's Major League coaching staff since 2006, and before that, spent three years on the Rangers' coaching staff.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has remained tight-lipped about his search throughout the process. Toronto's managerial seat became available when Gaston opted to retire from the role following this past season, when the long-time Blue Jays skipper led the club to an 85-77 record.

Other candidates who have reportedly been removed from the running include Don Baylor, Rob Thomson, Dave Martinez, Luis Rivera and Sal Fasano. It is unclear whether Blue Jays third-base coach Brian Butterfield -- one in-house favorite for the position -- is still under consideration.

The Cubs (Mike Quade) and Mariners (Eric Wedge) filled their managerial openings, and Tony La Russa will be back with the Cardinals next season, leaving available jobs with the Marlins, Mets, Pirates and Brewers. The Blue Jays are expected to make their final call shortly after the conclusion of the World Series, at the latest.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.