Phil Nevin, a San Francisco Giants coach and former minor-league manager in the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations, is considered a “strong candidate” for the Tigers job, one person familiar with their thinking said.

Tigers GM Al Avila knows Nevin from the three-plus years Nevin managed in the Tigers system, at Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo, though it’s probably too soon to say if anyone’s considered the favorite — many names have been connected to the job and Avila promises an “extensive” search.

Nevin, a former No. 1 overall draft choice of the Astros and 12-year major league player, managed in the D-backs’ minors before jumping to Bruce Bochy’s staff in San Francisco after losing out to Torey Lovullo for the Arizona managing job. Nevin reportedly has interviewed for major league managing jobs with the Nationals, Marlins, Padres and Astros in addition to the D-backs, with Dusty Baker, Don Mattingly, Bo Porter and Andy Green landing those jobs.