Dale Sveum has accepted an offer from the Chicago Cubs to be their next manager, according to multiple reports. There are just some final details to be worked out between both sides before the deal is made official.
Sveum was also a finalist for the open Red Sox managerial spot, though there was always the feeling that if Sveum was offered the position by both clubs, he'd lean towards Chicago.
What does this mean for the Red Sox managerial search? There are a few clear options.
The team has already interviewed Pete Mackanin, Torey Lovullo, Gene Lamont and Sandy Alomar Jr. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington confirmed early Wednesday night that Mackanin was out of the running for the Sox' position.
As of early Wednesday, Sandy Alomar, Jr., and Gene Lamont had not been contacted by the Red Sox in regards to a second interview. The Sox are, however, set to widen their managerial search, according to Sox president Larry Lucchino.
They will not ask to interview any current MLB managers, Cherington said, but they could expand their search from their current crop of candidates.
Cherington was headed to the Dominican Republic on Thursday to help conduct a private workout with Cuban outfield prospect Yeonis Cespedes. He told reporters on Thursday that the team's manager search would "take a little breather this weekend."