It is early in the Tigers’ managerial search.

But just a few days into the off-season, general manager Al Avila has already begun the interview process. Last weekend in Minneapolis, he interviewed internal candidates Dave Clark and Omar Vizquel and this week, began interviewing and scheduling external candidates.

Those candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are Alex Cora, Ron Gardenhire, Fredi Gonzalez, Dave Martinez, Lloyd McClendon, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens and Mike Redmond.

Of those names, only Gardenhire, Gonzalez, McClendon and Redmond have Major League managing experience. When speaking with reporters on Sept. 23, Avila said managing experience — either Major League or minor league — would be a requirement. Given the team’s young makeup, it is logical to think Major League experience will weigh heavily in the decision.

Gardenhire, 59, has the longest track record of success. In 13 seasons with the Twins, he won six American League Central division titles. For a long stretch of time, he was considered one of the best managers in baseball.