Melvin interviewed by Cubs in Houston

Melvin interviewed by Cubs in Houston

HOUSTON -- Add Bob Melvin to the list of candidates for the Cubs' managerial job.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry interviewed the former Mariners and D-backs manager Saturday in Houston, according to a baseball source.

It's the second time Hendry has interviewed Melvin, who also was considered when the Cubs were looking for a manager prior to the 2003 season. The Cubs hired Dusty Baker at that time.

Melvin, who turns 49 on Oct. 28, managed the Mariners from 2003-04, compiling a 156-168 record. Seattle finished second in the American League West in '03. He joined the D-backs in 2005 and in five seasons was 337-340, finishing first in '07 and second in '05 and '08. He was let go in '09 after the team got off to a 12-17 start.

So far, Hendry has interviewed former Indians manager Eric Wedge and Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who has spent the last four seasons managing in the Cubs' Minor League system, including last year with the Triple-A Iowa team.

The Cubs are 23-12 under Mike Quade, the second-best record in the Major Leagues since Aug. 23. Only the Phillies have a better mark at 26-11.

Quade does not have a formal interview time set with Hendry but is expected to meet once the regular season ends Sunday.

"I talk so much about 'the process' -- that process will take care of itself," Quade said Friday. "I'm flexible as can be. That conversation needs to happen. ... I haven't concerned myself with that."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.