"Ken is very open to bringing the coaches back, and that doesn't happen very often," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. "We want to create some stability. This isn't a team that ... needs a total overhaul. This is a team that won 90 games and there was a managerial change."
Melvin spoke to Sveum at about noon on Thursday and both sides expressed an interest in continuing the relationship. Melvin also spoke to Maddux, who reportedly has drawn some interest from the Texas Rangers. Maddux promised to get back to Melvin on Friday. Macha has also had a conversation with Maddux.
Sveum originally joined the staff for the 2006 season as third-base coach, then moved to the bench when Robin Yount opted not to return in 2007. When the Brewers hired Ted Simmons as bench coach for 2008, Sveum returned to third base, but he took over as manager on Sept. 15, when manager Ned Yost and Simmons were dismissed with only 12 games left in the regular season.
Melvin gave Sveum a cursory interview after the season, but announced he wanted a manager with more extensive experience and an outside perspective on the team. Sveum was initially crushed by that decision, but later left the door open to returning and called Melvin to say so.
"I want to come back," Sveum said Thursday from his home in Arizona. "In what capacity, I don't know. I said I'm open to anything. Hitting has always been a passion of mine, so I told them not to rule that out."
Macha spoke with Sveum earlier in the week about the potential pros and cons of being on the staff together. They talked about 2002, when A's general manager Billy Beane denied the Red Sox's request to interview Macha for their managerial opening.
"I told Dale that my dreams if managing in the Major Leagues were kind of shattered right then, but it was a character builder," Macha said. "It was a tremendous test of my professionalism."
The following season, Macha found himself interviewing for five different teams, including the Brewers. He ended up with Oakland's managerial post.
Both Sveum and Macha sought the advice of Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who served as Macha's bench coach in Oakland in 2006 and is a former Brewers teammate of Sveum.
"Terry Francona told me that Dale Sveum is an excellent coach, a tremendous coach, a great baseball person who knows how to slow the game down and pick it apart," Macha said.