Tim Wallach was considered an early favorite for the Blue Jays’ managing job. He had played 13 seasons for Canada’s other team, the Expos, and managed four years in the Dodgers’ minor-league system, the last two at Triple A.
As it turns out, though, Wallach will not even interview with Toronto.
The Dodgers denied permission for Wallach to speak with the Jays, major-league sources say. The reason: Wallach’s contract with the Dodgers only allows him to interview with certain clubs, and the Jays are not one of them, according to a source.
The Dodgers permitted Wallach to interview recently with the Brewers.
He also is a potential candidate for the Marlins. It is not known whether he or the Dodgers picked his list of approved teams, or whether it was formed by mutual agreement.
Wallach, 53, will be a coach for the Dodgers next season if he does not land a managing position with another club. The Dodgers considered him to replace Joe Torre, but chose Don Mattingly instead.
The Jays, meanwhile, continue to consider a long list of possibilities. Two new candidates - Padres first base coach Rick Renteria and Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell - have been or will be interviewed, according to a major-league source.
— Ken Rosenthal