ST. LOUIS -- Dale Sveum remained calm in the midst of scrutiny involving his future with the Cubs while President Theo Epstein went to great lengths to insist evaluations remain ongoing.
Sveum didn't show any signs of stress after Epstein told beat writers that the status of his manager and coaching staff would be decided and announced Monday.
"It's not like I have to deal with anything but the norm that comes along with this position ... especially (on) a team that has lost 90-plus games," Sveum said before Friday night's game at St. Louis. "It doesn't affect me and it doesn't bother me like people might think it does. It's just part of the process.
"I think if you go into something not expecting this, it might be different. But when you go into any kind of jobs like these, you understand these things can happen."
Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and Sveum will conclude exit interviews with players Saturday, a traditional process under Epstein with selected players.
Epstein emphasized that three separate incidents involving pitchers Edwin Jackson, Jeff Samardzija and Kevin Gregg and Sveum and his staff won't factor into his decision.
"I look at those three minor brush fires as things that naturally occur at the end of a difficult season," Epstein said. "Frankly, it's been impressive under Dale's leadership we got through 11 months of a regular season without something like that happening. So those things are to be expected.
"If you don't want those things to happen, then don't trade 40 percent of your rotation every year."
Epstein also defused speculation that Sveum could be judged on the struggles of Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo.
"It has nothing to do with one player or one small group of players," said Epstein, who said last week that Sveum would be evaluated on the progress of young players, in-game moves, use of his 25-man roster and fostering an atmosphere of hard work and preparation and trust with his players.
Even so, it appears Epstein must decide whether to pursue a candidate such as soon-to-be free agent Joe Girardi or retain Sveum to manage a team at least one more year away from contending in the National League Central.
With the acquisitions of younger talent, Epstein believes the Cubs remain headed in the right direction.
"We have a long way to go to get truly healthy as an organization," Epstein said. "I look at big-picture pieces."
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