BOSTON — Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux withdrew from consideration for the manager’s job with the Boston Red Sox.

He had been scheduled for an interview today, but Boston GM Ben Cherington announced Monday that Maddux had withdrawn. The job opened when Terry Francona left following the team’s epic collapse in September, when it went 7-20 and missed the playoffs.

Maddux pitched for nine teams, including the Red Sox, in a 15-year playing career that ended in 2000. He became pitching coach of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003, then took the same job with Texas before the 2009 season.

The Red Sox already have interviewed Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum. They plan to interview Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr.


CUBS: Dale Sveum interviewed for the managing job. He said the process mirrored what he went through in Boston last week, with management firing similar questions his way and putting him through a game simulation.


TWINS: Minnesota fired GM Bill Smith and returned Terry Ryan to the role on an interim basis. Smith was Ryan’s top assistant when Ryan stepped down in 2007, citing burnout, after holding the job for 13 years.


ROYALS-GIANTS: Kansas City traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to San Francisco for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and a minor league pitcher.

Sanchez was the Giants’ best pitcher during the latter part of 2010, when they beat Texas to win the World Series. But he was just 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA this season before missing the final month with a left ankle sprain.

Cabrera hit a career-best .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBI in his first season with the Royals.

The Royals also get left-hander Ryan Verdugo, who was 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA for Double-A Richmond.


BLUE JAYS: Pete Walker replaced former AL Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen as bullpen coach.

Hentgen quit Monday for personal reasons.