The Red Sox managerial search is down to two, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters on Monday. Dale Sveum will meet with the Boston ownership group on Wednesday and another candidate will have a second interview later this week.
Cherington said he'd like a new manager in place before Thanksgiving.
Sveum, Mackanin and Alomar also interviewed for the vacant Cubs job.
Cherington also said the Red Sox compensation talks for Cubs president Theo Epstein may have to be decided by the commissioner's office, despite the two teams receiving an extension to work on it.
"It's not what we need to be doing this offseason," Cherington told reporters (via the Boston Herald.) "I think we'd still like to figure it out on our own, but if we can't, then I think everyone probably needs to move on."
Earlier on Monday, Epstein told Boston radio station WEEI.com that he didn't believe he was worth much to his former team (as far as compensation goes.)
"That's a more existential question," Epstein said. "I know I'm right, because I know my own faults better than Ben does. I know my limitations. I'm just not worth that much. But I'm sure it will work out, one way or the other, in a way that satisfies all the parties involved. The talkers are very amicable. That's the most important thing."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.