Dale Sveum has emerged as one of the finalists to become manager of the Red Sox and is expected to meet with owner John Henry this week, perhaps as soon as Tuesday,
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report Sveum becoming a finalist.
The Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach is expected to travel to Milwaukee, where Major League Baseball is conducting its general manager and owners meetings this week.
Sveum is one of five candidates who interviewed over the last two weeks and was considered a favorite from the start of the process. He was the third base coach of the Red Sox from 2004-05 and made a good impression on the team with his attention to detail and personality.
Cherington has said his plan was to narrow the field this week and present a “small short list” of candidates to ownership. A decision would be made at that point.
The Chicago Cubs could complicate the process as Sveum also interviewed for their vacancy.
Sveum, who turns 48 later this month, had a 12-year playing career and was the interim manager of the Brewers for 12 games in 2008, guiding them into the playoffs.
Sandy Alomar Jr., Torey Lovullo, Gene Lamont and Pete Mackanin were the other candidates interviewed by the Red Sox.