Dale Sveum managed the Brewers for the final 12 games of 2008 and helped them secure their first playoff berth since 1982, but that wasn’t good enough for Milwaukee, who refused to bring Sveum back as skipper for 2009. Now word is that the Cubs have made an offer to Sveum for their managerial vacancy.

So why is Sveum acceptable for the Cubs when he wasn’t good enough for the Brewers?

“We’re taking baby steps,” said Cubs president Theo Epstein. “Today we’ll go for someone who’s not good enough for the Brewers. In a few years maybe we’ll be lucky enough to be the manager of a more elite franchise like the Red Sox or Yankees.”