Dale Sveum to learn fate Monday

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Cubs will decide the fate of second-year manager Dale Sveum after the weekend, team president Theo Epstein indicated before his team began its final series of the year against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"We'll have announcements for you guys at some point on Monday," Epstein said Friday.

Rumors have been swirling that the Cubs might replace Sveum despite the manager having one more year left on the three-year contract he signed before the 2012 season.

"Pretty standard this time of year to look back at the season and make decisions about what can put the organization in the best position going forward," Epstein said. "This is part of the process. At the same time, we owe it to everyone involved to get it done quickly, as soon as the season is over, and move forward. We'll finish this process on Monday."

Sveum is 127-194 in two seasons as manager, but the Cubs have openly stated they are in a rebuilding process and that they wouldn't judge the manager on wins and losses.

"There's development of young players," Epstein said recently. "That's an important factor. There's in-game decision-making. ... The way the manager uses the roster. ... There's the ability to create a culture of accountability, hard work, preparation. That's a factor."

Epstein was adamant any previous comments from him regarding Sveum's future were only in regards to the process of evaluation that comes after the season.

"The whole process is evaluation, discussion, decision, inform, announcement," Epstein said Friday. "That's what I refer to as the 'process' in making changes within the organization."

Sveum says he isn't bothered by the speculation; it comes with the job.

"It doesn't affect me or bother me like people might think," he said. "It's just part of the process. ... There's no clarity on my situation. It is still being evaluated. I'll find out Monday."

Sveum has one year left on his deal, plus a club option for 2015. The Cubs have had several off-the-field incidents lately, including two dugout feuds between players and coaches plus a miscommunication between Sveum and closer Kevin Gregg.

"None of those incidents will factor into the decision," Epstein said.

There has been speculation there might be mutual interest between the Cubs and current New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Girardi's contract expires at the end of the season.