Joe Girardi was interviewed Friday by the Rangers during their search for a new manager.
Girardi, the former Yankees and Marlins manager, was the first person with big-league managerial experience interviewed by the Rangers as they look to replace fired manager Jeff Banister.
People familiar with the details said the Rangers interviewed Girardi in Arlington, Texas. The team is making no public comments about the first round of managerial interviews.
Girardi, a Peoria native and Northwestern alumnus, played catcher for the Cubs from 1989-92 and 2000-02 during his 15-year playing career. He managed the Yankees to a World Series title in 2009 and went 910-710 in 10 seasons in New York (2008-17). His contract wasn't renewed after the Yankees lost to the eventual World Series champion Astros in a seven-game ALCS last October, and he was a studio analyst for MLB Network this season.
In his only season managing the Marlins in 2006, Girardi was the NL manager of the year after a 78-84 record with the team that had the lowest payroll in the majors.
The Rangers previously interviewed Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rangers assistant general manager Jayce Tingler.
Banister was the AL manager of the year in 2015, his first season in Texas. The Rangers won AL West titles in 2015 and 2016 but are coming off consecutive losing seasons. He was fired with 10 games left in a 95-loss season when the focus shifted to the development of younger players.