Cubs Expected to Announce Decision on Dale Sveum and the Coaching Staff by Monday

Dale Sveum will find out by Monday whether or not he will return for the final year of the three year contract he signed in November of 2011. Theo Epstein met with the media prior to Friday’s game in St. Louis and indicated that the evaluation process will be completed by Monday. Epstein said, “We owe it to everyone involved to get it done quickly and move forward. We’ll finish up the process by Monday.”

According to the Tribune, changes could be on the horizon for the player development staff as well.

The Cubs’ front office is expected to meet with Dale Sveum in Chicago on Monday and “there will be clarity on any coaching decisions” at that time. ESPN Chicago reported that Epstein was “adamant” that his previous comments “meant nothing significant.” The Sun-Times reported that the Cubs have not made a decision yet on whether or not Dale Sveum will be retained for next season.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are in St. Louis to continue their evaluations of the players and coaching staff. Epstein, Hoyer and Dale Sveum are conducting year end evaluations with the players.

Joe Girardi

Multiple reports on Friday indicated the Cubs are interested in hiring Joe Girardi and Joe Girardi is interested in talking to the Cubs about managing the team.

According to a report from Joel Sherman, he believes that the Cubs “are a real factor” for Girardi but he is being told by Yankees’ officials that Girardi is “very involved and engaged in discussing plans for next year.”

The Score’s Dan Bernstein reported on Friday afternoon that he has been “informed by Joe Girardi’s camp that he will listen” if the Cubs would like to talk to him. The Cubs are interested in talking to Girardi according to Bernstein.

A report from indicated that Girardi will talk to Brian Cashman after the season to discuss his future with the Yankees.

Questions have surfaced if Joe Girardi and Theo Epstein would be able to work together. Patrick Mooney asked the question and received two different responses.

“A source familiar with Epstein and Girardi predicted power struggles if they worked together, saying it would be an awkward fit at Clark and Addison. Other officials dismissed those concerns, and there is a feeling inside the organization that Girardi could be the right manager at the right time, someone with strong communication skills and a good feel for young players and handling a bullpen.”

Baseball America’s Northwest League Top 20 Prospects

Baseball America released their list of the top 20 prospects in the Northwest League from the past season. The Cubs’ young players dominated the list of the best prospects in the league.

Kris Bryant (1), Paul Blackburn (7), Yasiel Balaguert (9), Dillon Maples (10), Shawon Dunston Jr. (12) and Kevin Encarnacion (17) made the top 20 and the Cubs ended up having the most players on the list, two more than the Seattle Mariners.

News and Notes

Travis Wood reached the 200-inning mark for the season on Friday night and joined teammate Jeff Samardzija as one of only four pair of teammates to complete at least 200 innings this season. Wood and Samardzija joined the Phillies’ Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, the Reds’ Mat Latos and Homer Bailey and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn as the only four teams in the NL with at least two pitchers on their staff to pitch 200 innings this year.

According to a report from Jerry Crasnick, Javier Baez changed agents and has hired KPS Sports. Baez was represented by B.B. Abbott of Jet Sports Management.

Theo Epstein is impressed by fans’ commitment according to a report from ESPN Chicago.

According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, team insiders quickly downplayed Brad Ausmus as one of the candidates to replace Dale Sveum if they decide to make a change.

What happened with Travis Wood made Dale Sveum want to puke according to a report from the Sun-Times.

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