The Chicago Cubs will name Chris Bosio as their pitching coach in the coming days, the former Mariner and Brewer told the Appleton (Wis.) Post Crescent on Friday.
A major league source said the team would introduce him officially at some point next week.
Bosio and Cubs manger Dale Sveum were teammates in the late 1980s with the Brewers. They also coached on the same Milwaukee staff in 2009.
"I just can't tell you how excited I am, number one, to be working with Dale,'' Bosio told the Post Crescent. "When he offered me the job as pitching coach of the Chicago Cubs, to hear him say that, knowing the confidence he has in me, that's a great feeling. We're going to be prepared, are going to have intensity and a lot of enthusiasm.''
Bosio faces the tall task of trying to turn around a Cubs pitching staff that was among baseball's worst in 2011.
"It's going to be agonizing at times, and rewarding as well," Bosio told the paper. "That's the rigors of the season. But we're going to try and create some magic at Wrigley.''
Bosio earned a reputation as one of baseball's tougher pitchers during his career with Milwaukee and Seattle. He retired in 1996 with a 94-93 record and 3.63 ERA.
Bosio has served as a coach and scout in the Brewers, Mariners and Rays organizations. He most recently worked as the pitching coach of the Nashville Sounds -- Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate.
The Cubs are expected to name their entire coaching staff during next week's winter meetings in Dallas, a major league source indicated.
Earlier this week, Houston Astros bench coach Jamie Quirk told a Texas television station that he was offered the Cubs' vacant bench coach position. Rudy Jaramillo will return to as the team's hitting coach next year. Pat Listach and Lester Strode have coaching contracts for 2012, but haven't been given their specific assignments.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com.