Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer just recently announced Dale Sveum as the organization’s next manager. The official introduction will take place Friday morning at Wrigley Field. Sveum, the former Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach, will receive a three-year deal from the Cubs.
Sveum worked for former Red Sox manager Terry Francona as third-base coach for two seasons, playing a role in Boston’s 2004 title run. Francona pulled himself out of contention for the job earlier this week and wishes all the best for Sveum. “Players love him and they should,” he said. “I played with him actually in Milwaukee. He’s kind of a players’ player. He does things right. He’s solid.”
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced that their manager search will be put on hold for the weekend. “We’re not dissatisfied with the candidates we have,” Cherington said Wednesday. “We feel like these are unique circumstances here. … We’re very happy with the candidates. Our next manager could very well come from among those candidates, but we’re not ruling out adding candidates.” Check back for more MLB off-season updates!