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Epstein-to-Cubs rumors lingering

Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2011 1:10 pm
By Matt Snyder

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is said to be close to the top of -- if not on top -- Cubs' chairman Tom Ricketts' wish list for his next general manager. Initially, it felt like it was a pipe dream for several reasons. First of all, Epstein already had a dream job for several reasons. Why would someone leave a dream job? Next, the Red Sox are already set up to compete for a World Series title for the next several years. The Cubs are not. Why leave a success to rebuild?

We can only speculate on the sentiment, because Epstein hasn't said -- nor will he say any time soon -- what his answers to those questions are. But according to reports, it's possible the Cubs can land him.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe notes that the rumor is alive and well, while Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune said the Cubs getting Epstein is more "viable" than he had previously thought.

If you don't think there's at least some chance Epstein would entertain an offer, think again. The NL Central doesn't have the Yankees, and the Cubs have the resources to be an absolute monster under the right leadership. If Epstein believes he can create a foundation like he did in Boston -- remember, a lot of the roster is home grown -- he might just be ready for a new challenge.

And, of course, he already halted one historic run of futility. Wouldn't the prospects of ending a second one be pretty enticing?

Now, none of this means Epstein is close packing his bags for the Windy City, but it's certainly interesting, if nothing else.

Hat-Tip: Chicago Now

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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:02 pm

Epstein-to-Cubs rumors lingering

theo should go to chicago.  he's gotten stale in boston.  could not find a way to re-sign victor martinez and adrian beltre who are sorely missed with playoffs in sight.  though by Sept. 2010 daisuke matsuzaka and john Llckey were known 2011 liabilities, theo made little if any real effort to acquire new quality starting pitching; the heart of the current sox skid.  despite having MLBs best offense (to theo's credit) due to age and injury history some sox position players are now foreseeably tired or broken.  it is a surprise (and i am sure frustrating to all sox supporters, regardless of role) to see the whole team now seeking the mental focus and spirit to at least hang on for the wild card, mostly i think due to having given 100% too often to cover for poor pitching.  from the outside, with the kind of resources the sox have given theo for years, it seems the sox current fade from championship play was avoidable if better front office decisions had been made. sox fans do not expect theo to know the future,  but for their top MLB dollar paid at the gate they do expect him to realistically assess and provide for sox weaknesses fans -let alone sox insiders - can see.  that did not happen in 2011. that means something that we fans will probably never know was happening in the front office, so i'd say a change is in order.  the fact that theo has not flat out publicly refused a move to chicago supports this notion.  i'd thank him for the series wins he brought us, and wish him and chicago well for 2012.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:27 am

Epstein-to-Cubs rumors lingering

As it stands now, it is what it is...RUMOR!  I'd hate for him to leave Boston.  It's a dream job for a local kid and he has done amazingly well with it.  Could he resurrect the Cibs and make them a bonafied contender, sure.  Will it happen, who knows?  My advice, stay and be reverred in Boston.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 8:17 am

Epstein-to-Cubs rumors lingering

He is some one who know how to build a team,both from with in and use big money right.these are to things the cubs don't do well. this way there is no cashman to counter his moves by out spending him

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 7:47 pm

Epstein-to-Cubs rumors lingering

"Next, the Red Sox are already set up to compete for a World Series title for the next several years. The Cubs are not. Why leave a success to rebuild?"

The Red Sox are only good in the regular season. In the playoffs they get swept away like yesterday's garbage! 

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2011 4:32 pm

Epstein-to-Cubs rumors lingering

Is Albert Pujols at the top of the Cubs wish list too?

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