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Cubs fire Dale Sveum; Joe Girardi interested

Updated: September 30, 2013 2:20PM

Let the Joe Girardi talks begin.

Only two years into Theo Epstein’s overhaul of the Cubs organization, the team president fired Dale Sveum on Monday.

It’s a move anticipated by many since Epstein left open the possibility when asked about his manager’s status two weeks ago.

Communication and player development issues were at the crux of concerns the front office had with Sveum, who had been the Boston Red Sox third base coach while Epstein was the general manager there.

Attention now turns to hometown favorite Girardi, the Yankees manager whose contract is up and who has expressed strong interest in returning home for the Cubs job for several years. A source said Girardi would listen to a Cubs’ offer, but the Nationals are also in pursuit.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have made it clear they will make every effort to keep Girardi.

Sveum finishes his first full-time managing job with a 127-197 record and a year remaining on his original contract. The Cubs are believed to be on the hook for roughly $1 million left on the deal.

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