There's still a few days of regular season baseball left to be played, but the rumor mill is already replete with speculation about which managers will be given the axe this winter and who will be moving to greener pastures. One manager has already been fired -- farewell, Charlie Manuel -- and at least one more hammer is likely to fall in the coming weeks.
Let's take a quick look at who's potentially doing what and going where this winter:
On the Way Out?
Dale Sveum - Cubs
The Cubs have been noncommittal about whether or not Dale Sveum will return to Chicago for a third season. Team president Theo Epstein met with his manager for several hours last week, but would not give a definitive answer after the fact, leading to speculation that Sveum's time may be short. The most popular name to emerge as a possible replacement has been that of Yankees skipper Joe Girardi, who hails from Chicago and whose contract runs out at the end of this week. Epstein has come out calling the Girardi speculation "disrespectful," so it'll probably happen given the way these things seem to go.
Joe Girardi - Yankees
Girardi will be a managerial free agent at the end of the year, leading many to believe he could leave the Bronx for greener pastures. As stated above, the Cubs are a potential suitor for his services, but there's also speculation that he'll hang his managerial hat up altogether and return to the broadcast booth. For his part, Girardi has been noncommittal about whether he plans to return to New York for 2014.
Ned Yost - Royals
Yost has led Kansas City to its first winning season in a decade, but that has stopped the rumors from swirling that he could be on his way out. The Royals have been mum on the issue so far, but at least one beat writer believes the silence may be an ill omen for the fourth-year manager. KC came into the season with very high expectations (at least the front office/ownership did), so anything less than a playoff berth could potentially spell the end for Ned.
Mike Scioscia - Angels
Speculation about Mike Scioscia's future in Anaheim was pretty rampant a few weeks ago, but things have cooled off in the last month since the Halos starting winning more frequently. The prevailing rumor still seems to be that either Scioscia or general manager Jerry Dipoto will be let go after the season, though there's really no hard evidence to back the claim.
Ron Washington - Rangers
Washington told a local radio station last week that he was "concerned" about his job in the wake of the club's second straight September collapse. GM Jon Daniels came out in support of Wash after the interview, indicating that his job is probably safe, but that was before the Rangers fell out of the Wild Card lead, so who knows at this point.
Davey Johnson - Nationals
Johnson's retirement at the end of this season has been no secret. Just who will take over for him next year has been a bit more under wraps. Bench coach Randy Knorr seems to be in the driver's seat to take over for Johnson -- he's said on at least one occasion that he'd love to be considered for the job -- but there's no really knowing at the moment who all the front office has in mind.
Bo Porter - Astros
Houston is close to wrapping up its third consecutive season as baseball's ultimate cellar dweller, but that doesn't seem to have an impact on Bo Porter returning for 2014. The Astros have already made it clear that Porter will be back at the helm for a second season.