Theo Epstein to decide on Mike Quade

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Tuesday he expects a quick decision on the future of manager Mike Quade.

Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer met Quade for a lengthy meeting in Chicago last week.

"Jed and I met in person with Mike for six or seven hours last week," Epstein said. "I'll keep the rest of the details of the meeting confidential. But it was a good meeting, a productive meeting, a thorough meeting."

Epstein, who was conducting his first news conference since being named team president on Oct. 25, was introducing Hoyer and vice president of scouting player development Jason McLeod at Wrigley Field.

Quade has one year and $1 million remaining on a two-year deal he signed in November 2010.

Hoyer echoed Epstein's goal of a quick decision on Quade's future.

"I think that's absolutely right," Hoyer said. "In addition there are a lot of quality coaches as well. We owe it to them, as Theo mentioned, that we will try to make a decision quickly."

The Cubs finished 71-91 in 2011, which was Quade's first full season as a big league manager after taking over for Lou Piniella late in the 2010 season. Quade's overall record is 95-104.

"Mike is clearly a good baseball guy, and we have a lot to process," Epstein said. "We're going to speak again shortly and we hope to have a resolution on this matter certainly within a week from now.

"We understand it's important for all involved to make a determination and move forward."

Bruce Levine contributed to this report.