Next in line will be San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus, who will interview next week, the source said. The longtime catcher interviewed for the Houston Astros' managerial vacancy but later withdrew from the process.
The Red Sox, according to a team source, are looking for someone with big-league managerial, coaching or playing experience, which is why Triple-A manager Arnie Beyeler will not be considered for the position. Beyeler, who just led Pawtucket to the International League championship but has no major league experience, will be retained by the Sox, the source said.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell is still "at the top of the list" of candidates, a team source said, but the former Red Sox pitching coach has not heard whether the Red Sox have approached the Blue Jays about speaking with him, according to a league source said.
The 43-year-old Ausmus was a catcher in the majors for 18 seasons and has been a special assistant to the Padres since 2010.