The man involved in perhaps the most infamous trade in Phillies history could finally be returning to the organization that always regretted losing him.
Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg is among the candidates for the Phillies' managerial vacancy at triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Chuck LaMar, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of player development, said the team has just started the process of interviewing.
"We hope to have it filled in the near future," LaMar said. "I'm not going to comment beyond that."
Sandberg, 51, spent last season managing the triple-A Iowa Cubs and was a candidate to replace Lou Piniella after the Chicago Cubs' manager resigned in August. That job went instead to former Phillies coach Mike Quade, who had replaced Piniella on an interim basis during the season.