Reports: Sveum accepts Cubs offer

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Reports: Sveum accepts Cubs offer

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."

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.