The Giants’ managerial search is down to three candidates, and though the club hopes to make the hire soon, team officials do not feel bound by a deadline, The Chronicle has learned.

The finalists are former Phillies manager and Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro. Royals quality-control coach Pedro Grifol, one of the first to interview, is no longer under consideration.

Six of the eight teams that had managerial openings have filled them, leaving only the Giants and the Pirates. The Pittsburgh search has been delayed by the hiring of a general manager and team president.

The Giants knew they needed a new manager in February but could not interview candidates from other teams until their seasons ended. Espada, still considered a strong candidate — who also interviewed with the Cubs — did not have his first in-person interview with the Giants until Oct. 25, between Games 2 and 3 of the World Series.