Thu Nov 03 06:54am EDT
Mike Quade is out as the manager of the Chicago Cubs and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is continuing his attempt at sweeping the old "loveable loser" culture out of the Windy City and creating a clean slate to build from.
Sources to the Chicago Sun-Times say two names that are at or near the top of the Cubs' list of possible replacements for Quade include Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and one-time Milwaukee Brewers interim manager Dale Sveum.
Sveum is proving to be a popular guy this offseason. He spent his Wednesday being interviewed for the open managerial job with the Boston Red Sox, Epstein's employer until only a few weeks ago.
The 50-year-old Maddux spent 15 seasons in the big leagues as a player, compiling a record of 39-37 with 564 strikeouts while playing for nine different clubs. Sveum, 47, played infield in the bigs from 1988 to 1999 for seven different teams, ending up with a career batting average of .236 along with 69 homers and 340 RBIs.