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Tribe's Alomar remains on Blue Jays' radar

TORONTO -- Sandy Alomar Jr. has agreed to stay on as the bench coach for Terry Francona in Cleveland, but that doesn't mean he has been ruled out for a possible job in Toronto.

Alomar Jr. is generally considered one of the top candidates to replace John Farrell, who recently was traded by Toronto and signed a multiyear contract with Boston.

The 46-year-old Alomar was a runner-up to Farrell for the manager job in 2010 and has once again expressed interest. Even though Alomar was announced as part of Cleveland's coaching staff on Wednesday, he hasn't been ruled out for a promotion elsewhere.

"I think that's possible, because there's still some managerial openings that are out there," Indians GM Chris Antonetti said on Wednesday afternoon.

Alomar has yet to hear from the Blue Jays regarding their open position. That's not entirely surprising because Toronto interviewed him two years ago and already has gathered a wide variety of background information on the potential candidate.

Toronto is instead focusing most of its early attention on candidates who weren't considered in 2010. That list includes Los Angeles' Tim Wallach and Arizona's Matt Williams, while others such as DeMarlo Hale and Don Wakamatsu fall into Alomar's situation because of past interview experience.

Alomar isn't sure whether his phone will eventually ring, and that's why he went ahead planning his future with the Indians organization until such an opportunity presents itself.

"I don't sit by the phone waiting for calls," Alomar said. "If somebody wants to interview me for a Major League managerial job, they know where I'm at. They can call the Cleveland Indians. But I don't sit there by the phone.

"This is a great opportunity [in Cleveland] for me. I always focus on the task in front of me. Right now, the task is being a bench coach for the Cleveland Indians with Terry Francona and his staff."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.
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