Farrell: Lovullo 'a manager-in-waiting'

BOSTON -- The Chicago Cubs are in search of a manager and it's likely Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo is one of the top candidates.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is familiar with Lovullo during their time in the Red Sox organization. According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, the Cubs have not asked the Red Sox for permission to speak with Lovullo.

If the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS, there will be a few days off before the World Series begins, which is enough time for the Cubs to conduct an interview with Lovullo, but Farrell doesn't think that will happen.

"We would like for everybody to remain focused on what we have here first, this being the priority," Farrell said. "But we don't want to get in the way of potential opportunities for someone, either. Hopefully, if those requests come in, they would be sensitive to what we're going through as well."

When Farrell left the Red Sox as the club's pitching coach to take a job as the Toronto Blue Jays manager prior to the 2011 season, he brought Lovullo with him as the first-base coach. Lovullo had spent the 2010 season as the Triple-A manager for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Farrell understands it's only a matter of time before Lovullo becomes a big league manager.

"To me, he's a manager-in-waiting," Farrell said. "He's going to have opportunities until he ends up securing one of the jobs. He's been integral to the success we've had here. He's a great baseball mind. The conversations and the feedbacks, and just the insights he gives, he's going to be very good."