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Fourth Jays' candidate emerges

Posted on: October 21, 2010 11:22 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 11:48 am
Not so fast, DeMarlo Hale.

Hold your horses, John Farrell.

Cancel your travel plans, Sandy Alomar Jr.

There's a fourth candidate in the hunt for the Toronto Blue Jays' managerial job, as WEEI's Rob Bradford reveals -- not three, as previously thought . That's Brian Butterfield, the Jays' third-base coach under Cito Gaston.

Butterfield has also served as a bench coach in his nine years with the Jays. The Maine native (who still resides in the state) has managerial experience in the Yankees' farm system and is a competitive candidate.

Toronto reached out to a staggering number of candidates, but now have culled the list to just four. An announcement should be forthcoming in the next week or two. It's possible Toronto may be waiting for the Giants, Phillies, Rangers and Yankees to wrap up their seasons as a host of candidates from these teams could be managing another team in 2011.

These names include Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle (Rockies manager 2002-2009), Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson along with bench coach Tony Pena.

In fact, Pena is linked to the Pirates gig , as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes.

-- Evan Brunell

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