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POSTED October 18, 2013 12:38 a.m.

CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs were interviewing Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for their manager’s job.

The person spoke Thursday on the condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search.

The Cubs are looking for a manager to help develop their young players, a big reason they cited for firing Dale Sveum. He was 127-197 over two seasons.

Martinez, who played for the Cubs in the 1980s, has spent the past six seasons as the Rays’ bench coach. He could be a good fit with Chicago’s management because Tampa Bay relies heavily on statistical analysis.

The Cubs have also met with San Diego bench coach Rick Renteria along with former major league managers Manny Acta and A.J. Hinch.

Phillies hiring search

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wally Joyner and Juan Samuel are returning as coaches for the Philadelphia Phillies under manager Ryne Sandberg.

Joyner will continue in his role as assistant hitting coach. Joyner, who declined a return at first, will be back for his second season with the Phillies.

Samuel heads into his fourth season with the team and second as first-base coach.

Sandberg, who replaced Charlie Manuel in August, hired former Phillies manager and shortstop Larry Bowa to be his bench coach.

The Phillies are still looking for a pitching coach to replace Rich Dubee.

Dodgers claim Baxter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers claimed outfielder Mike Baxter from the New York Mets and designated outfielder Alex Castellanos for assignment.

The moves were announced Thursday.

Baxter hit .229 while playing at all three outfield positions as well as first base in 194 games with San Diego (2010) and the Mets (2011-13).

Castellanos played eight games for the Dodgers this season, hitting .171 with two homers and four RBI in 24 career big league games.

Mauer Twins’ MVP

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer has been named most valuable player of the Minnesota Twins for the third time in five years. Glen Perkins was picked as pitcher of the year, Caleb Thielbar was named outstanding rookie, Brian Dozier got the most improved player and media good guy awards, Pedro Florimon was voted best defensive player, and Justin Morneau got the Bob Allison Award for leadership.

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