Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/16/11
Advantage, Theo. The Cubs offered Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum their managing position Wednesday, beating out the Red Sox for the candidate that both teams coveted, a major league source said. The Red Sox declined to make Sveum an offer, leaving him with an easy decision, one that almost certainly will lead to him becoming the Cubs' next manager. New Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer were with the Red Sox when Sveum was the team's third base coach in 2004 and '05. The Red Sox, after losing Sveum and eliminating Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin from consideration, may widen their managerial search, team officials said. Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and Tigers bench coach Gene Lamont remain under consideration for the Red Sox job, one source said. Sveum, who turns 48 on Nov. 23, was well regarded by Ben Cherington, the Red Sox's new GM. But the team declined to make him an offer after he met face-to-f...
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