Sep 19, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. (15) watches in the second inning during a game against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Sandy Alomar Jr. the Chicago Cubs 'backup' choice for manager?

It’s no secret the Chicago Cubs are interested in New York Yankees manager, Joe Girardi.

And while they’ve yet to ask the Yankees permission to speak to Girardi (something they don’t technically need to do if they feel he’ll be without a contract come October 31st, when his contract expires), that’s likely coming in the next week or so.

However, there’s been no indication either way that Girardi would be willing to sign with the Cubs, if given the opportunity.

So if the Cubs, who recently fired manager Dale Sveum can’t snag the top manager on the open market, what is the backup plan? Well, according to the Sun Times, it may be Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr.

If not Joe Girardi, then what?

Think Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and you have what might be a rough prototype for the Cubs’ backup plan if they don’t nab the Yankees’ free-agent manager, who has been a long-term target of Cubs ownership for years.

The Sun Times also mentions a handful of other names like Manny Acta and A.J. Hinch as possibilities, though, singled out Alomar specifically, suggesting that the Cubs are looking for a skipper who will be able to communicate and work with the young Latin players in their farm system.

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