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More on Dale Sveum’s Monday interview later today, and there may even be enough for another Lukewarm Stove post. I love this time of year. For now, other bullets…

  • Speaking of interviews, as covered last night, Texas Rangers’ pitching coach Mike Maddux pulled his name out of consideration for the Red Sox’s managerial job, citing the distance between Boston and Arlington as too much for his family. Thought by many to be the top contender for the Cubs’ managerial gig, Maddux is still set to interview with the Cubs tomorrow according to multiple reports. That could always change, but, given that he publicly cancelled the Boston interview citing the distance, while refusing to cancel the Chicago interview at the same time, you’ve got to assume he’s committed to at least coming in for an interview.
  • Ultramega Conspiracy Theory With Absolutely No Basis Outside My Own Kind-of-Not-Serious-Speculation: Maddux was the favorite for both the Boston job and the Chicago job, and his good friend Dale Sveum was both teams’ second choice. Maddux knew this, and, to ensure he got his preferred job (the Cubs), and his friend got one of the two jobs, Maddux pulled out of Boston. Nah. Too much.
  • Ken Rosenthal suggests a crazy chain of managerial events: if the Cubs hire Phillies’ bench coach Pete Mackanin, the Phillies might promote Ryne Sandberg to the big league bench, and then might hire Mike Quade to manage their AAA team. I think Rosie is just being cute.
  • Baseball America’s Jim Callis offers his thoughts on the ongoing compensation discussions between the Red Sox and Cubs with respect to Theo Epstein: “Baseball sources believe that Selig won’t want to establish a premium value for front-office officials and will side more with Chicago. It’s uncertain whether the Cubs will give up one or two players, but in any case, I don’t think it will be anyone who will make the Boston Top 10. If the Red Sox have to choose from among second-tier prospects, they should target catcher Steve Clevenger and lefthanded reliever Jeff Beliveau. Clevenger is a lefthanded hitter with solid defensive skills and positional versatility, making him an ideal big league backup. Beliveau works at 88-91 mph with his fastball and doesn’t have a true plus pitch, but the ball seems to come out of his sleeve and hitters just don’t square him up.” Beliveau is targeted for the Cubs’ pen next year and is slightly less than Chris Carpenter. Clevenger is among the Cubs’ current options to back-up Geovany Soto (or Welington Castillo, if Soto is traded) next year.
  • As reported over the weekend, the Cubs have officially added new Director of Professional Scouting Joe Bohringer to their impressive front office. One new interesting tidbit: Bohringer will report to GM Jed Hoyer, not Scouting/Player Development Chief Jason McLeod. It seems like we’re seeing a clear divide between the amateur side and professional side developing, for scouting purposes, and that’s just fine with me.
  • MLB.com named Aramis Ramirez the Cubs’ Performer of the Year, Matt Garza the Cubs’ Pitcher of the Year, and Starlin Castro the Cubs’ Breakout Player of the Year (um, didn’t he, like, breakout last year?).
  • One of the Cubs’ more advanced pitching prospects, lefty Chris Rusin, is pitching in the Dominican Winter League in the hopes of showing enough to get a real look in Spring Training. On Sunday, he threw seven shutout innings, striking out five. Rusin, 25, emerged as a possible back-end rotation candidate in 2011 on the strength of a consistent, and solid season between AA and AAA. Not an overly exciting or overpowering type, Rusin could be an innings-eater who doesn’t walk guys, and gives his team a chance to win most days. He could also wind up a so-so middle reliever, or a total bust.
  • Cubs’ AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies, are the Minor League Organization of the Year, according to the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. The award is based on franchise stability, and significant contributions to the community, its league and the baseball industry.
  • Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod are already serving as good citizens, having come out to the Dempster Family Foundation fundraiser at the Palm last Thursday (that’s Randy Bush on the right end):

  • CubFan Paul

    Callis can back up off Steve Clevenger! the guy can hit, he’s like the Bizarro Koy Hill

  • JulioZuleta

    Brett, didn’t Cherington say they were given a week extension beyond the original Nov. 1 deadline? It’s been a week, think we’ll finally have closure today? It doesn’t really feel like it to me.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Nope, doesn’t feel like it to me, either. As interest from the mainstream media fades, our visibility to the discussions might go dark. It could be the two sides are still talking, it could be that Selig is involved. Just don’t know right now.

  • Cliffy

    There was speculation on WEEI that once the Red Sox get the compensation players from the Cubs they will use them as trade bait to get a starting pitcher. They value their own prospects higher and would want to spin off the Cubs players.

    • CubFan Paul

      lol, good luck with that

  • poopypants mcgee

    I seriously think the Cubs will consider defriending the Red Sox on facebook after this mess

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha. Yes. Nice.

  • Packman711

    Do managers typically go from MLB to AAA? I can’t think of a time where that’s happened in recent years, although it may be best suited for Quade…

    • JulioZuleta

      Typically not, but Quade set the new precendent for awful managers, and therefore, might set the new precedent for career path.

  • Deer

    Enough with the suit and ties all the time. I miss Jim Hendry’s half shirts

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Cutoffs that aren’t intended to be cutoffs.

    • Jim Kress

      You’re joking right? How can you knock suits. They show professionalism and a general care/respect for your job. Also suits are cool. Period.

      • TWC

        Obviously, you’re not in California, Jim.

        • Jim Kress

          And neither are the Cubs. Come on TWC, get your head outa your ass

          • Bails17

            Legen—-wait for it—–dary!!!!

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I get jokes.

              • Jim Kress

                That reply was meant for Deer, not you Brett. Just some of the joys of doing this from your phone haha. Let’s go mobile!!!

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                  Oh I know – I think Bails was making a Barney joke.

                  • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                    I didn’t know that Darwin Barney had catch phrases… he’s really start to prove that he should start everyday

                    • CubFan Paul

                      Barney is somehwere trying to stick in a needle in his butt, in hopes of getting his Slugging % over .400

                      but after Theo’s “up the middle talk” barney will more than likely be replaced via trade or free agency before his first cycle ends

                    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                      Just so everybody knows this is the Barney that was referenced

                    • TWC

                      You sure it’s not this one?

                    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                      Nicely played TWC, going old school

                    • Fishin Phil

                      How about this one:

                    • TWC

                      Or: 

                    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                      Tiresome

          • TWC

            Sweet!  Pointless insults!  Woo-hoo!

            • Jim Kress

              I was quoting Barney. THE Barney Stinson. It wasn’t any offense towards anyone. I like what I started though haha SUIT UP!!!!!!!

  • hansman1982

    Interesting note regarding the Ryan Dempster Foundation:  I think the @RyanDempsterFDN twitter account was hacked – as of 6:30 this morning he was pushing penis enhancers, aging male supplements and other fun things…

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Whatever it takes to support the cause.

      • BetterNews

        Yep! Except Z toys.

  • Brandon – AA Correspondent

    Congrats to the TN Smokies. I am merely a fan, who goes to way more games than any normal person should….but I can honestly say, that a game a Smokies Park is awesome. I have gotten to know several staffers, and I must say this honor is well deserved. CONGRATS!

  • Katie

    *grabbing popcorn, beer and lawn chair*

    No fighting till I get settled. AND I don’t have bail money.
    I got five on TWC.

    • Joe Cartwright

      I got ten on the scrappy one.

    • Internet Random

      I’ll kick everyone’s ass in this room!

      • TWC

        FINE!  He’s my lunch money.

        *sniff*

  • Jim Kress

    Me vs TWC would be like Big Z vs a Gatorade dispenser. Problem is I dont know if either of us would actually WANT to be Big Z

  • BetterNews

    I’ve got two thou on Brett!!!

    Problem is anonymous sources.

    Sorry Brett. Make that $2.00 dollars as that that type of source is worth.

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