Sveum the Next Skipper of the Cubs? … and Other News and Rumors

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. If Dale Sveum accepts the Cubs’ offer to become the 52nd manager of the Chicago Cubs, his last name is pronounced ‘SWAIM’. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have reportedly offered Dale Sveum the Cubs’ job and he has 24-48 hours to accept.

The Sun-Times reported an announcement on Dale Sveum’s hiring is expected by Friday.

Did Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer beat their old bosses to the punch on Dale Sveum? Most considered Sveum the favorite to land the Sox job and he reportedly went to the GM Meetings with the sole purpose to interview with Boston for the second time. Sveum was scheduled to meet with Ben Cherington, John Henry and Larry Lucchino on Wednesday. The Cubs found out Sveum was coming to Milwaukee and setup a second face-to-face meeting with Sveum on Tuesday night.

With Mike Maddux reportedly removing his name from consideration due to family concerns over the last two days, the Cubs’ new front office apparently moved quickly and made an offer to Sveum.

The other important piece of news that surfaced on Wednesday night is Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington have decided to take more time to work out the compensation package for Epstein … and the MLB front office seems to be on board with the extension.

Here is the update while waiting on the official word from the Cubs and Dale Sveum

News, Notes and Rumors

  • Kerry Wood is expected to re-sign with the Cubs soon … and according to David Kaplan it could be a two-year contract.
  • According to Buster Olney, Sean Marshall and Matt Garza are the two Cubs that figures to draw the most interest between now and the July 31 trade deadline.
  • According to multiple reports from the GM Meetings, the Cubs brass have told teams they are willing to listen to trade offers on everyone on their roster this winter.
  • The Cubs annual organization meetings will not take place until February … likely a week before pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park. With all of the change that has taken place, the meetings that usually take place in November have been pushed to February.
  • According to the Score, if the Brewers are not able to re-sign Prince Fielder they could be interested in signing Carlos Pena.
  • David Schuster also reported that he is hearing the Cubs could explore signing Eric Chavez as a short-term solution at third base … if he does not retire.
  • Jon Heyman added Bruce Chen to the long list of free agent starting pitchers the Cubs could be looking at this off-season.
  • The Cubs are one of 13 teams interested in Mark Buehrle.

Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.

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