Tony La Russa's 2012 fate will be decided within two weeks of the end of the World Series, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. La Russa and the Cardinals have a mutual option that must be exercised by that point.
La Russa, 67, hasn't commented about whether he'd return for a 17th year as the Cardinals' manager, but has dropped hints that he'll return. General manager John Mozeliak told the newspaper that "I think I have an idea of his thinking."
There had been rumors that La Russa would go back to the White Sox, where he started his career, but Chicago quickly replaced Ozzie Guillen with Robin Ventura. His name has also been batted about for the open job in Boston, as well as the potential opening with the Cubs, although both seem unlikely.
La Russa was won 2,728 games as a manager, third-most of all time, needing just 35 behind John McGraw for second place.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.