Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum will learn on Monday if he will remain the coach of the Cubs moving into next season. If the answer is no, than Rosenthal has an interesting idea about who the next coach could be.
The dismissal of Sveum would put the Cubs in position to pursue the New York Yankees’ Joe Girardi, whose contract expires at the end of the season, or another high-profile manager.
I could see Cubs president Theo Epstein pursuing Girardi but I would be very surprised if the Yankees let anybody out bid them for Joe’s services. The Yankees are heading into the offseason with many questions regarding their lineup and I believe that they will want to preserve some continuity on the field in the role of manager.
Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that Girardi would want to return. The Yankees have just missed the postseason for only the second time in 19 years and it is not as if they have a bunch of talent waiting to move up into the major leagues. Brian Cashman has stated numerous times that he is now operating within a budget for player salaries and with so much money tied up in players who are declining, it may be difficult to restock. We know that the New York media will not exactly be forgiving if Girardi struggles to make the playoffs and he may view something romantic about the goal of bringing a World Series to the hapless Cubbies.