Chicago Notes: Cubs, Sveum, Konerko

Here's a look at the latest out of the Windy City..

  • Theo Epstein told reporters, including Carrie Muskat of, that even though manager Dale Sveum has done a “remarkable job” maintaining a good clubhouse over two rough seasons, no decision has been made on his future beyond this season.  Epstein says that the skipper was never being evaluated on wins and losses this season but rather the development of young players and other factors.
  • Epstein went on to explain that while he'll be looking to have a more productive lineup in 2014, he won't lean on the open market to make that happen, Muskat writes.  “I don’t think we’re going to get to where we need to be through free agency for the short term, honestly,” Epstein said. “Given the needs that we have and where we are and the likely price tags on the market, I don’t think we’ll have the ability to add multiple impact pieces in free agency."
  • White Sox veteran Paul Konerko still refuses to address his future beyond this season, Dan Hayes of  Konerko has reportedly told friends that he plans on coming back in 2014, however.

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