Is Sveum the Cubs’ choice?

Is another former Brewer about to land a managerial job in the National League Central?

Mike Matheny already has the top post with the Cardinals, and reports emerged late Wednesday from and indicating the Cubs had offered their job to Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum. A Brewers source who would be in the know said he had not heard anything yet, an indication that no deal had formally been struck to send Sveum to Chicago’s North Side.

Sveum, a former Brewers player and a member of the team’s coaching staff since 2006, was a candidate for both the Cubs and Red Sox managerial posts this winter. When I asked Brewers GM Doug Melvin earlier in the week whether he had a list of hitting coach candidates at the ready, Melvin said no, so the Brewers either have an internal candidate in mind or were waiting to see what Sveum would do. Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Triple-A coach Sandy Guerrero would be considered for the job.

Sveum is/was working under a two-year contract he signed with Milwaukee in October 2010.’s Carrie Muskat has been working the story this week and you can follow her work at


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