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Cubs retain Quade, spurn Sandberg

Mike Quade had just been fishing in Florida when he found out he caught the big one. That, of course, was the Chicago Cubs' managing job.

“The timing of it, it’s comical,” he said.

The Cubs decided to keep Quade as their manager, choosing to go with the man who ran the team well for the last six weeks of last season rather than high-profile Hall of Famer and franchise icon Ryne Sandberg.

Quade, Chicago’s third base coach the past four years, was given a two-year contract Tuesday along with a club option for 2013. He served as interim manager after Lou Piniella abruptly stepped down in late August, leading the team to a 24-13 record, and he envisions the Cubs contending next year.

“The way we played those last six weeks, why not?” Quade said. “I believe that from Day 1 – why not us?”

General manager Jim Hendry said Sandberg, the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa manager, and new Mariners skipper Eric Wedge were finalists and called Sandberg “a great candidate.”

Sandberg told the Chicago Tribune he was “disappointed” and will continue to pursue other managing jobs.

SHORT HOPS

Pitcher Ted Lilly signed a three-year, $33 million deal to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers.The 34-year-old left-hander was 7-4 with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts for Los Angeles. Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, 75, had heart surgery Tuesday that repaired a tear from a previous valve replacement. Doctors said the operation was successful. Francisco Rodriguez settled his grievance with the New York Mets and once again apologized for his actions. The Mets reliever tore a ligament in the thumb of his pitching hand while punching his girlfriend’s father outside a family lounge at Citi Field on Aug. 11. Essentially, the discipline came to 50 days without pay, or $3,142,076 of his $11.5 million salary for 2010. The Atlanta Braves released outfielder Melky Cabrera and also let go of right-hander Takashi Saito. The 26-year-old Cabrera hit .255 with four homers and 42 RBI and started in 115 games during the regular season.

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