Done deal? Theo, Hoyer at Sveum's hotel

November, 17, 2011
11/17/11
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MILWAUKEE – Though nothing is official yet, signs continue to point to Dale Sveum being the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, and not the Boston Red Sox.

While Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was headed out of the country, telling reporters before he left Thursday that the team’s manager search would "take a little breather this weekend," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer were seen walking into Sveum’s hotel.

Were they there to spirit Sveum away to Chicago for his introduction as the team's next manager? That’s still not clear, but a source said last night the team had made him an offer. As of Wednesday night, the Red Sox had yet to make Sveum an offer, with Cherington talking about the possibility of expanding the search.

Asked Thursday by ESPN Boston whether the Red Sox were out of the hunt for Sveum, Cherington replied via text: "If he accepts the job with the Cubs we would be."

Sveum could not be reached for comment Thursday, but a source close to the Milwaukee Brewers' hitting coach said Wednesday night that he "doubted" Sveum would take the Cubs' job without giving the Red Sox a chance to make an offer. But is an offer forthcoming?

Epstein on Wednesday night would not confirm if the Cubs made Sveum an offer, but hinted that something was close.

“We’ve got our closer in the game,” Epstein told MLB.com. “We’ve got to get the 27th out.”

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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