The former Mariners and D-backs skipper will talk to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry this month, according to ESPN.com.
Melvin currently is a scout for the Mets. He interviewed for the job in 2003, but Hendry chose Dusty Baker. Melvin then got hired by the Mariners and posted a 156-168 record in two years before moving to the D-backs in '05, where he was 337-340 and won the National League West in '07.
Hendry has talked to former Indians manager Eric Wedge and had preliminary discussions with Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who was named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year this season with Triple-A Iowa, the Cubs' Minor League affiliate.
There was a report Tuesday that Fredi Gonzalez turned down the Cubs' request to interview. AOL Fanhouse said Gonzalez was Hendry's "top choice" to lead the Cubs. However, Hendry has been adamant that there is no frontrunner. Gonzalez is believed to next in line in Atlanta to replace Bobby Cox, who is retiring after this season.
The Cubs want to have their new manager in place by the organizational meetings, which are held in early November.
Mike Quade, who took over the team on Aug. 23 when Lou Piniella retired to attend to family matters, is also a candidate, and Hendry said Monday that Quade has done an "outstanding job."
When Hendry met with Quade about the job, he told him not to worry about the record. The Cubs are 12-7 since Quade took over.
"As soon as you put this [uniform] on, yeah, [I want to win]," Quade said. "First of all, I love to compete. I honestly mean it when I said [I want to establish] some things from my end and how I want to do things."
Despite winning Monday, the Cubs were officially eliminated from postseason play. That's not going to stop Quade.
"It's wonderful to play good clubs, because that adds to the motivation," he said. "I'm interested in winning every game, but I do believe that you play well and make the opposition be as good as they can be to beat you, and whatever happens, happens. I've been pretty happy with the way these guys have gone about their business the last two, three weeks."
So, he's not looking at his record?
"I'm too honest to say I'm not looking at our record," Quade said. "I'm proud that the guys have played well enough that we've won ballgames, and I'm proud of the progress I've seen. Can you make progress and lose? Yeah. But right now, it's worked out OK and there's still plenty of work to do. Let's see how we do the next couple of nights [against the Cardinals], and then head to Florida.
"So far, I'm happy with the way they're going about their business, and we're winning as well."