Sandy Alomar Jr., Cubs to talk

Maybe the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs should rent space in, say, Ohio and have all the managerial candidates in at one time. That's how closely their lists mirror each other.

Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will interview with the Cubs on Friday. He interviewed with the Red Sox on Wednesday.

The Cubs interviewed Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux on Wednesday. He was supposed to interview with the Red Sox but took his name out of the hat due to family reasons.

The two teams already have interviewed Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.

"They're two of the most prestigious jobs in baseball if not in (all of) sports," Sveum said Monday. "When you're dealing with the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs ... I'm honored to be considered for both of them."

It's no coincidence that the Cubs and Red Sox share candidates, considering Chicago hired president of baseball operations Theo Epstein away from Boston this offseason.

Alomar played 20 seasons in the majors as a catcher with seven teams, including three stints with the White Sox. He was a six-time All-Star.

He began his coaching career as a catching instructor with the Mets in 2008, and in 2009 was named first base coach of the Indians. In September, he was promoted to bench coach for the 2012 season.

The Cubs and Red Sox lists aren't identical. Boston announced on Tuesday that they will also bring in Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo and current Tigers third base coach and former White Sox manager Gene Lamont.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com.