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10/15/09 1:48 PM ET

Acta confirms phone interview with Tribe

Former Nationals manager also a candidate with Astros

NEW YORK -- Former Nationals manager Manny Acta said he is "excited and honored" to be in the mix for the Indians' managerial vacancy.

Acta, one of eight to 10 candidates for the job, was interviewed by general manager Mark Shapiro and assistant general manager Chris Antonetti over the phone earlier this week. Acta should find out soon if he is one of the three to five candidates who will be invited to Cleveland for a more formal interview, though he is also scheduled to interview with the Astros on Friday.

"[The process with the Indians] has been handled in a very professional manner," Acta wrote in an e-mail. "It is a very attractive situation, because they already have a good, young nucleus of players on the team and a very strong farm system. I believe that an exciting time is coming again to Cleveland."

Acta, 40, is also excited to be in the mix for the Astros' job, as he spent 16 years in Houston's Minor League system as a player and coach.

The Nats dismissed Acta in the middle of the '09 season, after the club had compiled a 26-61 record in the season's first 87 games. Acta was 158-252 in two and a half seasons at the helm. He previously served as the third-base coach for the Expos and Mets.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.