Rangers GM Jon Daniels said that the Red Sox and Cubs have been given permission to interview pitching coach Mike Maddux for their managerial openings.
Maddux’s interview with the Red Sox is expected to be next week.
“Mike is in a key role for us and has had a prominent hand in our success the past few years,” 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, 50, pitched for the Red Sox from 1995-96, going 7-3 with a 3.97 earned run average in 59 games.
Maddux has spent the last nine seasons as a pitching coach, the first six with Milwaukee and then three with Texas. He started his coaching career in the Houston organization.
Maddux has a direct connection to the Cubs. His brother, future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, was an assistant to former GM Jim Hendry and remains employed by the team.
Under Maddox, the Rangers had a 3.79 ERA this season, the lowest for the franchise since 1983. That is even more impressive given that Texas plays in hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark.
The Red Sox also are expected to interview Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. He was the first base coach this season and was promoted to bench coach following a change of assignment for Tim Tolman.
Alomar was with the Mets for two seasons (2008-09) as their catching instructor. Alomar played 20 seasons in the majors for seven teams, retiring in 2007.
WEEI first reported that the Red Sox had received permission to interview Alomar.
Alomar is the son of long-time big league infielder Sandy Alomar and the brother of Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.