Source: Jobs dwindling for Joey Cora

CHICAGO -- From early indications, it looks as if Joey Cora will likely be back as bench coach for the Chicago White Sox next season.

According to a major league source, the Seattle Mariners never considered Cora a candidate for their managerial opening and the Pittsburgh Pirates don't have Ozzie Guillen's right-hand man on their preliminary list of candidates for their manager opening.

Cora was runner-up for the Mariners' opening two years ago that went to Don Wakamatsu, who was fired this past season. The Mariners are reportedly looking for a candidate with major league manager experience this time around.

Cora, who resides in the Miami area during the offseason, is reportedly not on the Florida Marlins' managerial short list either.

The Mets have a manager opening as well, but their chief concern is hiring a general manager first. White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn is scheduled to interview this week for that job.

Guillen leans on Cora heavily for lineup and in-game decisions, but even he was hoping Cora would land a managerial job this offseason. Guillen mentioned on the last day of the season that Cora's job search was something he was looking forward to. Instead, it looks like Cora might not even get an interview.

His chances for getting an interview could be enhanced if Hahn gets the Mets job.

Cora just completed his seventh season as a White Sox coach, with the past four as Guillen's bench coach. The Vanderbilt University alum played in the major leagues for 11 seasons, retiring in 1999. During the 1997 season with the Mariners, Cora led the American League with a .449 batting average and 49 hits during the month of May.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.