- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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Chicago Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo will return for the 2012 season and will work with new manager Dale Sveum.
"I talked to Dale on Friday, and he said he'd like me to return to the team next season," Jaramillo said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to work with him.
"Dale's a hitting guy, and between us we can combine our knowledge and make this a great environment for our hitters."
Jaramillo will make $800,000 in the last year of a three-year contract. He is the highest paid hitting instructor in the majors, and is among the top two or three paid coaches in the game, according to sources.
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and Jaramillo have exchanged messages, but have yet to talk.
"I'm excited to work with Theo and [general manager Jed Hoyer] and all the new people in the organization," Jaramillo said. "Anytime you get an opportunity to be around top, young baseball executives who have had the success they had, winning two World Series, you should be optimistic about it."
The situation with the other coaches is up in the air. Bench coach Pat Listach and bullpen coach Lester Strode are under contract but have yet to be told about their assignments for 2012.
Neither first base coach Bob Dernier nor third base coach Ivan De Jesus will be on the staff, according to a source.
Pitching coach Mark Riggins has had a face-to-face conversation with team officials and hopes to have another one this week.
Sveum said at his news conference he wants to bring in a bench coach he's familiar with. Brewers first base coach Ed Sedar has been rumored as a possibility. Former Brewers coach Chris Bosio also has been mentioned as a possible bench coach or pitching coach.