Two other managerial candidates from within the Cubs' organizational system -- Mike Quade and Pat Listach -- were also revealed. Both will get interviews in the near future.
When Chicago did not renew former skipper Dusty Baker's contract last Monday after four seasons, Girardi's name was immediately spotlighted as a possible successor. The native of Peoria, Ill., and former Northwestern University student, was a catcher for the Cubs from 1989-92 and 2000-02. After retiring as a player in 2003, he spent 2005 as a bench coach for the Yankees.
"I think Joe appreciated the opportunity to come down to Wrigley Field today to spend some time and see people from his playing days," Hendry added.
A telephone message was left for Girardi's agent, Steve Mandel.
Girardi was dismissed by Florida last week after only one season despite leading his overachieving club to a 78-84 record and into contention for a National League Wild Card berth up until the season's final week. The Marlins were competing with a spartan $15 million payroll and a roster loaded with rookies.
Girardi, who turns 42 on Oct. 14, is a leading candidate for NL Manager of the Year. He became unemployed after repeatedly clashing with the Marlins' front office over various issues. He was nearly let go in August for telling team owner Jeffrey Loria to stop yelling at an umpire from his seat during a game, but kept his job until the end of the season.
Quade has managed the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa affiliate since 2003. In 2006, he led the team to a 76-68 record. Listach, a Major League player from 1992-97, mostly with the Brewers, managed Double-A West Tennessee to a 80-60 record this past season.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.