We heard various reports and speculation that the Cubs were willing to go all out in order to make Joe Girardi their next manager but now that we can cross that possibility off the list it’s time to take a look at the realistic candidates for the job.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the team “appears to be honing in” on “a very short list” of serious candidates including former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch and former Indians and Nationals manager Manny Acta both of whom have already interviewed for the vacant position.