— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) October 3, 2013
The Royals announced that they have hired recently fired Cubs manager Dale Sveum and added him to their 2014 coaching staff. Sveum will serve as a special infield instructor and have his position within the coaching staff determined at a later date.
Sveum, 49, joined the Cubs in November 2011 as their manager. Under Sveum’s reign the Cubs went 127-197 in two seasons. Svewum was fired with one year remaining on his three-year contract and came under fire as the Cubs finished in last place in the National League Central with a 66-96 record. His .392 winning percentage ranks last among the 26 Cubs managers who last at least two seasons.
Prior to joining the Cubs, Sveum served as the Brewers third base coach for the 2007-2008 before being named the interim manager after current Royals manager Ned Yost was fired. Sveum led the Brewers to a 7-5 record and their first playoff berth since 1982. Following the 2008 season, he remained with the Brewers as their hitting coach when Ken Macha was hired as manager.