ARLINGTON -- Mike Maddux is returning to the Rangers as their pitching coach. The Cubs announced Thursday that Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum will be their next manager, and a news conference has been scheduled for Friday. Maddux was one of their candidates, but he is instead returning to the Rangers for his fourth season as their pitching coach. Maddux declined comment until after Friday's news conference.
"I'm glad he's not going anywhere," general manager Jon Daniels said. "One of the challenges of success is other clubs are going to want to poach some of our good people. Fortunately we've created a work environment that guys want to be part of. We've got to maintain that." Maddux appeared to be a reluctant candidate. He has an interest in managing, but he was torn by the desire to keep his family together in North Texas. His daughters, Makayla and Lexie, are attending college in North Texas and Maddux is building a new house in the area. Maddux was also approached by the Red Sox about being a candidate for their managerial opening, but he withdrew his name from consideration because of the distance between Boston and Texas. Chicago might have been easier, but the Cubs hired Sveum instead. The Rangers have already lost farm director Scott Servais, who left to become the Angels' assistant general manager. The Rangers have not yet named a replacement. Daniels said the Rangers are still in the process of working through that.
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