The Cubs have a serious interest in hiring Joe Girardi as manager, espn.com reported Wednesday.
Girardi's contract with the Yankees is set to expire Oct. 31, and his agent met with New York GM Brian Cashman on Wednesday. Cashman has said the team hopes to retain Girardi, and negotiations could proceed quickly given Cashman's intention to offer him a raise.
Chicago fired manager Dale Sveum on Monday, and ownership views Girardi as someone who can help jolt fan interest, espn.com reported. The club's attendance has declined in each of the past five seasons, mirroring the team's fortunes on the field.
Girardi is an Illinois native who attended Northwestern in the suburb of Evanston, and he played seven seasons for the Cubs. He managed the Marlins in 2006, when he was named National League manager of the year, before taking over the Yankees in 2008 and winning the World Series the next season.
The Cubs have talked with the Padres about assistant GM A.J. Hinch, who managed the Diamondbacks to an 89-123 record during the 2009-10 seasons, espn.com said. The Cubs are not interested in former big-league C Brad Ausmus, a special assistant in San Diego who is widely regarded as a future manager, ESPN said.
NO CHARGE IN FIGHT: Pittsburgh police didn't dispute Twitter posts by the wife of Reds RHP Mat Latos that she was punched and had her hair pulled by a fan during the National League wild-card game against the Pirates, but they said they consider the matter closed and won't file criminal charges.
Sgt. John Fisher, who headed the 18-officer contingent that augmented stadium security Tuesday, told reporters the incident was "much ado about nothing. What made it big was it involved a pitcher's wife and it all went on Twitter."
Stadium security called police to break up an argument involving 20 to 30 Reds and Pirates fans at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar inside PNC Park during the Pirates' 6-2 win, Fisher said.
Police didn't see Dallas Latos being attacked but interviewed her after a stadium security worker told officers of her allegations. Latos didn't have visible injuries and refused medical treatment when she was interviewed by police, Fisher said.
A-ROD SAGA: Representatives for Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension for his link to performance-enhancing drugs, strongly denied a New York Daily News report that said he would say he had been duped into believing he was taking legal supplements. "We cannot provide any details of this hearing, as the chair of the arbitration panel has issued an order prohibiting all parties from commenting publicly on the confidential proceedings, but what is being reported is not true," said a statement issued by Rodriguez's publicist, Ron Berkowitz.
BREWERS: RHP Dylan Brock was suspended 50 games for violating baseball's minor-league drug program.
RANGERS: The contracts of first-base coach Dave Anderson and bench coach Jackie Moore will not be renewed for next season. Moore, 74, who has been in professional baseball for more than a half-century, is likely to retire, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
REDS: Dusty Baker will return next season as manager, GM Walt Jocketty said.