Report: Cubs, Sveum to talk again

MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs are going to talk again to managerial candidate Dale Sveum at the general manager meetings, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Sveum told one of the paper's reporters that he is getting a second interview, but a major league source told ESPNChicago.com that it wouldn't be considered a formal interview. Another source said that the meeting would take place either Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Boston Red Sox will conduct a second interview with Sveum, and since he'll already be in Milwaukee, the Cubs also will talk to him again.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said on Monday that all of his formal interviews have concluded with five candidates: Pete Mackanin, Sveum, Mike Maddux, Sandy Alomar Jr. and DeMarlo Hale, who had a phone interview. Epstein also has conversations continuing with Terry Francona.

Epstein said he and general manager Jed Hoyer would follow up with some phone calls and conversations with candidates. He also said Monday that he would present his final choice to chairman Tom Ricketts and his family.

A conclusion for the managerial search appears to be on the horizon for the end of this week, or by early next week at the latest.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.