According to Carrie Muskat of Cubs.com, manager Dale Sveum and his coaching staff will know if they will return next season on Monday. The day after the 2013 has come to an end.
As of right now, it’s a 50/50 shot on whether Sveum will be back or handed the pink slip.
Theo Epstein would not commit to Sveum for next season and that’s what open up questions. The Cubs are not happy with Sveum’s player developmental skills and will be the number one reason he is let go. He still has one more year left on his contract.
Here is what Sveum said on Wednesday when referring to his future: “I’m not going to sit here and lie and say you’re not wondering what’s going to happen four, five days from now. That’s just human nature. There’s nothing you can do about it, or control those decisions. You just keep plugging away.”
Epstein did say Sveum will not be based on wins and losses. Which makes sense since Epstein/Hoyer put the players on the field on whom aren’t great players. Like I said above, his future will be determined on his player developmental skills in the past and if they want him to be around the young players in the next year or two.
Along with Sveum, James Rowson (hitting coach), Rob Deer (assistant hitting coach), Jamie Quirk (bench coach), Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Dave McKay (3rd base coach), David Bell (1st base coach) and Lester Strode (bullpen coach) will also find their faith on Monday as well.
According to Tom Loxas, James Rowson is likely not to be retained and the Cubs will be in a market for a hitting coach. All other coaches are still to be determine.
If the Cubs do fire Sveum and keep the other coaches, there’s still a chance they could be let go later in the off-season. As the new manager may want to bring his own guys aboard and the other coaches will then be let go.
All the questions surrounding Svuem and if he’ll be back next year will come to an end on Monday.