The Cubs are preparing to contact the Padres about front-office executive and ex-Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch regarding their managerial job.

Hinch is among the names on the Cubs' list of potential candidates to replace Dale Sveum who was fired Monday after two years managing the Cubs. Hinch was first mentioned as one who'd interest the Cubs by Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com

Hinch 39 fits the bill as the type of player-development guy the Cubs seek for their managing job. Hinch was in player development for Arizona when then-GM Josh Byrnes pulled him out of the front office and made him a surprise choice to manage the big-league team. Hinch currently works as San Diego's V.P. of pro scouting but his background is in player development.

Looking back most folks view Hinch's short managerial tenure in a much more positive light. At the time his hire wasn't well-received by oldtime baseball people who wondered if he had enough field experience (beyond his playing days as an ex-big league catcher for four different teams). While he finished 89-123 in his tenure from may 2009 to July 2010 there were no glaring mistakes cited.

It is believed Hinch would have interest in the Cubs' job especially since they have a stockpile of excellent prospects.