MILWAUKEE -- The Cubs will meet Wednesday with Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum about their vacant managerial position. Sveum was already scheduled to travel here to meet with the Red Sox about a their manager job.
Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said there is no favorite among the candidates and no deadline to select one. Hoyer and Theo Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations, have done followups with the six interviewed candidates so far. The list includes Sveum, Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and former Boston manager Terry Francona.
Maddux declined to meet with the Red Sox about their opening because of family concerns. He has finally settled in the Dallas area, where his two daughters are in college. Asked if family was still an issue, Hoyer said the club has had additional discussions with Maddux.
"It's still something he's weighing," Hoyer said. "Those considerations haven't gone away. I'm not going to comment on where he is on that. It's a big factor. I think it's a factor for everyone. In his case, I think it weighs more heavily."
If both the Cubs and Red Sox pick Sveum, it will be up to him to chose which team he wants.
"I'm not sure that the right person is the same person for both jobs," Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said Tuesday. "But, you know, we don't have the field to ourselves, so that is a factor, and it affects timing more than anything. I do think that the jobs are different and the same person is not necessarily the right fit for both jobs."
It's not just a matter of picking American League over National League or Fenway Park over Wrigley Field. The two teams finished with nearly reverse records as the Red Sox finished 90-72 and in third in the AL East, while the Cubs were 71-91 and fifth in the NL Central. The Cubs have more retooling to do.
"Right now, we're just focused on getting all the answers and answering the questions we need to have answered," Hoyer said of the managerial search. "We're not focusing on the Red Sox and what they're doing. We're trying to make sure we make the right decision for the Cubs."
As for the coaches, Hoyer said whoever is named manager will make a decision regarding his staff.
Just because Hoyer and Epstein will meet face to face with Sveum again does not give him an edge.
"It's not fair at this point to categorize anyone as a favorite," Hoyer said.