Sveum in as Cubs manager

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Sveum in as Cubs manager

Dale Sveum is the new Cubs manager.

Just hours after it was reported Mike Maddux would likely turn down the job, the Cubs announced the hiring of Sveum.

Sveum was originally considered the favorite for the Red Sox managerial gig, but the Boston brass pulled out of the running Wednesday night in a sense, citing a lack of desire for rushing to extend an offer to any managerial candidate.

CSNChicago.com's Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney tweeted out the news Thursday afternoon after the team sent out a media advisory.

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Patrick MooneyCubs hire Sveum, will introduce new manager tomorrow at 9 a.m. news conference.
Nov 17 via Twitter for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

CSN's David Kaplan notes the deal is worth three years, with a club option for a fourth season.

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David KaplanDale Sveum gets a 3 year deal with a club option for a 4th year.
Nov 17 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

The Cubs will introduce their new skipper in a 9 a.m. press conference Friday morning. We will stream it LIVE here on CSNChicago.com in a watch-and-chat event.

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