MILWAUKEE -- Is former Mets and Rangers manager Bobby Valentine in line to be the next skipper of the Milwaukee Brewers? Maybe, but it appears the process is not as far along as one report on Wednesday indicated. The Wisconsin Radio Network's Bill Scott cited a source inside the Brewers front office in reporting that the team had agreed in principle with Valentine but had yet to reach contract terms. According to the report, posted on the network's website, Valentine wants $10 million over three years. Valentine told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via text message that while he had met once with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin about the position, there had been no conversations at all about a contract.
Asked by the newspaper whether he had been at least offered the job, Valentine said, "We have met but there is nothing ongoing and no follow-up meeting is scheduled." A Brewers spokesperson said he knew nothing of an agreement with Valentine, or anybody else. Melvin has been conducting his search behind closed doors and continued that approach, saying only that, "No decision has been made." Valentine, 60, who has also managed in Japan's Major Leagues, is currently working as an analyst for ESPN. Melvin has shot down a false alarm before. Immediately after the season, a report surfaced that the Brewers were set to hire former D-backs skipper Bob Brenly, but Melvin had yet to conduct any interviews at that point. Mets scout Bob Melvin and White Sox coach Joey Cora are reportedly among the Brewers' other finalists. Angels coach Ron Roenicke, reached by MLB.com earlier in the week, wouldn't say whether he was still in the running, but he appears to be the fourth of Doug Melvin's finalists.