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MLB: Royals waste no time hiring Sveum

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 11:59 p.m. CDT
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Cubs manager Dale Sveum talks to a player during the first inning of the regular-season finale Sunday in St. Louis.

It took only 3 days for Dale Sveum to find a job, and the Cubs should find out in a few days if favored replacement Joe Girardi is staying with the Yankees.

Citing a source, the New York Daily News reported that the New York Yankees will not allow the Cubs permission to speak to Girardi about their managerial opening.

This would mean the Cubs would have to wait until Girardi’s contract expires Nov. 1, and then only if Girardi hasn’t already re-signed with the Yankees.

After general manager Brian Cashman met Wednesday with agent Steve Mandell, both sides are assessing the parameters of a contract extension that could make Girardi one of the highest-paid managers.

At the end of the regular season, Girardi told reporters money would play no part in his decision. Cashman already said that he would like all his coaches to return if Girardi stays.

Cubs President Theo Epstein, meanwhile, said the next manager would select his own coaches but would receive input from management on the current staff.

The Cubs already have compiled a list of candidates in the event they can’t land Girardi, with Padres assistant GM and former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch under consideration, as well as Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr.

Meanwhile, the Royals announced the hiring of Sveum as a coach, 3 days after the Cubs fired him as their manager after two seasons.

Sveum will be reunited with Royals manager Ned Yost, for whom he worked three seasons with the Brewers.

Sveum will serve as either the bench coach or infield coach, with his duties to become more defined once the Royals fill another vacancy after firing third base coach Eddie Rodriguez and reassigning bench coach Chino Cadahia.

“You don’t want to get out of the game unless you want to be away for a long time,” Sveum said. “I love baseball and love being a part of it.”

Other Cubs happenings

• The Cubs claimed left-handed hitting infielder Mat Gamel off waivers from the Brewers. Gamel, 28, hasn’t played since May 1, 2012, because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He has a .229 batting average over parts of five seasons (2008-12) with the Brewers, with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 240 at-bats.

• Former Cubs closer Carlos Marmol and utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. failed to make the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 25-man roster for their National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. Marmol, who signed with the Dodgers after being let go by the Cubs, appeared in 21 games for his new team and had a 2.53 ERA. With the Cubs this season, he was 2-4 with a bloated 5.86 ERA.

 

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