Cito Gaston is heading into his final three home games as Blue Jays manager (he'll be honored before Wednesday's home finale against the Yankees) and talk in Toronto is starting to really turn toward his replacements.
This Toronto Sun story has lots of info, topped by the news that former Bisons/Indians manager Eric Wedge interviewed with the club last week. Wedge, who is also on the Cubs' radar, recently moved to East Aurora from Cleveland. His wife, remember, is an Alden native he met while he was managing in Buffalo. No question the Blue Jays' job would probably be at or near the top of Wedge's wish list.
Mets scout and former Arizona manager Bob Melvin has also interviewed. Toronto bench coach Nick Leyva and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg are also on the Toronto list. It would make sense for the Jays to also be interested in former Montreal third baseman Tim Wallach, now a successful Triple-A manager at Albuquerque of the Dodgers' chain.
New GM Alex Anthopoulos is from Montreal and that certainly helps Wallach. But a young GM who wants to build with young talent definitely fits Wedge's portfolio as well. That's exactly what he did in Cleveland with Mark Shapiro. I don't think the way things ended in Cleveland the last two years hurts Wedge all that much. They traded back-to-back Cy Young winners (CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee). What's a manager to do?
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