Brewers keep GM, remove Sveum

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The Brewers announced that general manager Doug Melvin will get a three-year contract extension, but the team also said Friday that interim manager Dale Sveum would not be retained as skipper.

Sveum was promoted from his coaching position and served as interim manager after Ned Yost was fired with 12 games left in the regular season.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on its Web site that the Brewers may be considering ex-big league managers Buck Showalter, Bob Brenly and Ken Macha for the job. Showalter makes sense in that he and Melvin were close from their days together as minor leaguers in the Yankees organization.

The Brewers reached the postseason for the first time since 1982, but lost to Philadelphia in four games in the opening round of the playoffs.

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said the team reached a "significant milestone" by reaching the postseason for the first time in almost three decades, "and this could not have been accomplished without the efforts of Doug Melvin and his staff."

The news of Melvin's extension was first reported by on Wednesday.

Among the major moves this season was the trade that brought pitcher CC Sabathia from Cleveland to Milwaukee, where he became the most dependable member of the rotation, going 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 17 starts.

The Brewers went 7-5 under Sveum, clinching the wild-card berth on the final day of the regular season.

Melvin, whose deal now runs through 2012, said he would recommend to the next manager that Sveum stay on the coaching staff. He was the third base coach before the late-season promotion.

Ruling out Sveum "allows us to widen our search to experienced managerial candidates," Melvin said.

The team said hitting coach Jim Skaalen won't be offered a contract for next year. He held that job the last two seasons.

The Brewers plan more announcements about the coaching staff in coming days.