HOUSTON -- Former big-league manager Bob Melvin is in Houston, and it's likely he will talk with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry for the team's managerial job in the next few days.
Melvin is highly regarded by Hendry, who interviewed him in the fall of 2002, when he hired Dusty Baker to manage the Cubs.
In seven seasons as a big-league manager, with Seattle and Arizona, Melvin compiled a record of 493-508. His 2007 Arizona club swept the Cubs out of the National League division series.
Current manager Mike Quade took over for Lou Piniella on Aug. 23. The team has been winning under Quade, who also is faring well in the court of public opinion.
"I want to stay away from that," Quade said, "but I'm smart enough to know that you want people to appreciate the job you're doing, whether it's people witnessing, like you guys, whether it's guys calling games on television, whether it's players playing for you. Any positive feedback is better than negative feedback. I'm just happy that everybody's comfortable. I'm really happy that I'm comfortable. I think that's made a big difference in my life the last five weeks as well."
Quade is hoping to keep the job beyond this year. He's flexible on a time frame for a possible interview. Quade will return to Chicago with the team after Sunday's game before heading home to Florida.
Big Z a leader? Mike Quade had an interesting take on pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who is 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 10 starts since rejoining the rotation in August. Quade was asked about Zambrano's "leadership."
"He's been so good in every aspect, in the clubhouse and on the mound, obviously," Quade said. "I'd like to say he'll never have any adversity again, but you know that's not true, and we'll see. This has been a really, really nice couple of months for him. I think he'll take it into spring. I do believe that. I believe he has leadership qualities, and I believe he's getting better at that, absolutely."
Maybe for Fukudome: Right fielder Kosuke Fukudome did not start because of a knee sprain, but Mike Quade said he's not necessarily done for the season.
"Hopefully, he can give us an at-bat by the end of the day," Quade said. "If we're playing for the money and it's this late, he could probably tune it up and play for us."