Looks like the Chicago Cubs could soon have their new manager in tow.

The naming of the Cubs new manager could come as early as next week, according to a major-league source. Major League Baseball does not allow teams to make major announcements during the World Series, which is set to start on October 28.

Although Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been rumored to be interested in the Cubs’ job, there has not been any contact between Girardi and the team. A major-league source told ESPNChicago.com that the Yankees are prepared to offer Girardi a three-year contract after the playoffs conclude for New York. ESPN Chicago.

Nothing really new or exciting here – we knew that the decision would be made in the last week of October or first week of November, and we knew it would almost certainly come down to Sandberg and Quade. The Yankees are clearly doing the right thing by nailing down Girardi.

  • Cardfan

    As another aside…
    McDrinkin’ and McRoidin’ are baaaaack! Girardi is all yours.

    • Ace

      I still don’t know if the Cubs will really spend the money that it would take to get Girardi – nor do I know if the incremental difference between Girardi and Sandberg/Quade is really worth the several million dollar difference in salary.

      • jstraw

        Girardi please…at anything short of crazy money.

      • Raymond Robert Koenig

        You’re kidding, right? You think there’d only be an “incremental” difference between having Girardi as manager or Quade/Sandberg? Wow!

        • Ace

          This is somewhat moot now, but I’m curious: how much of an effect can a “good” manager have on a team over a “bad” manager? How many wins are we talking about?

          Frankly, I’d much rather spend the money on a “good” player versus a “bad” player.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Done deal. Quade for 2 years with a 3rd year option. No word on Sandberg yet.

  • marc

    fucking quade got it…. load of bullshit

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    I agree.

  • jstraw

    I would have been thrilled to get Girardi but I’m very happy with Mike getting the job. He’s going to get the most out of whatever kind of roster Hendry gives him to work with. Quade’s got the goods.

  • Jeff

    If nothing else, it ties Quade, Hendry, and the Cubs on field success this year together. I don’t think he should get the job based off a good run at the end of a lost season, but all the players seem to be behind him, and with upcoming payroll reduction coming, it might be better not to expose Sandberg or a high dollar Girardi to what the Cubs will be next season.