Minutes after Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Wednesday night the Red Sox had taken a “good step” in bringing Dale Sveum to Milwaukee to meet with the team’s owners, a source confirmed that Sveum had been offered the manager’s job by the Chicago Cubs and it was very likely that he would take it. Another source close to Sveum said his “gut feeling” is that Sveum would ultimately take the Cubs’ offer if given the choice of the manager’s job in Chicago or Boston.

Sveum initially interviewed with Chicago on Nov. 7. He was the the second candidate that Theo Epstein put through a long interview process. Sveum could not be reached for comment late Wednesday night, but a source close to theMilwaukee Brewers’ hitting coach said that he “doubted” Sveum would take the Cubs’ job without giving the Red Sox a chance to make an offer.


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