The most intriguing managerial position is back on the market and will certainly draw interest from even the most entrenched managers.
When Dale Sveum was first hired, it seemed he would be in for the long haul through the transition process. There was a lot of work to be done, players to study and project and players to further develop already in the big leagues. Though the team's prospects at the major league level took a step back in development, the Cubs' top prospects in the organization are climbing faster than anticipated.
While Sveum's firing was a shock to some, the Cubs may be looking at someone who can take big strides with the team's changing dynamic. Cubs president Theo Epstein doesn't think the coaching turnover will affect people's desire for the position. According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Epstein had this to say:
The talent in this organization will do all the convincing that we need. I think there’s a real dichotomy (with) how we perceive things here in Chicago, living through this every day. I’m not just saying the media – us in the front office, too.
While Yankees manager Joe Girardi appears to be the early favorite, it will be an incredibly difficult and complicated process just to speak with him. Did I mention it will be expensive?
Girardi is a fan favorite who would fit nicely with the Cubs. However, his ties to the city are marginal at best since he left to be a coach in New York and Miami.
Let's take a look at a few other options.