- Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- The agony of losing this season is nearly behind Dale Sveum, but it's being replaced by the anxiety of wondering whether he will still be the Chicago Cubs' manager in 2014.
"I'm not going sit here and lie that you're not wondering what's going to happen 4-5 days from now," Sveum said before his team's home finale on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. "That's just human nature."
Sveum has a 126-194 record in two seasons as Cubs manager and has juggled a constantly changing roster. Hired to manage the rebuilding Cubs by president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer when they took over after the 2011 season, Sveum has another year on his contract plus a team option.
"You take these jobs when you know things aren't going to be all that good in the beginning," Sveum said. "And hope you're around for when things turn around. No question."
Epstein addressed Sveum's situation several times over the past week and never said Sveum will return, instead saying the manager will be evaluated at the end of the season like everyone else. And now Sveum is openly wondering.
"I'm not going to do anything different," Sveum said of the final days of the season. "The evaluation is up to them. I don't think four games is going to change anything."
Sveum might need to stick it out past next year for things to turn around for the Cubs, who on Tuesday lost a team-record 50th game at Wrigley Field this season.
"The organization is a lot healthier than a couple years ago with all the talent we have in the minor leagues, through the draft, through the trades we've made," he said. "And our bigger-named guys are another year closer to the big leagues."
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