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Report: Epstein might be headed to Cubs

Posted on: October 1, 2011 3:41 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 3:44 pm
By Matt Snyder

After an epic collapse cost the Red Sox the playoffs, manager Terry Francona is out the door. Is it possible general manager Theo Epstein follows? Speculation and reports have mostly pointed to Epstein being highly coveted by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, but that Epstein would still likely stay in Boston.

Of course, it's possible things have changed after the historic futility in September. Maybe Epstein would be open to a change of scenery, much like Francona. He does have one year left on his contract, so he'd need permission from the ownership to interview with anyone. And, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Epstein is going to get that:

"I am shocked," Sherman tweets. "But in last 36 hrs every exec talk to says believe #Redsox will give permssion and Theo will go to #Cubs to be GM."

So, to those who don't understand Twitter speak, the basic summary is that Sherman has heard the Red Sox will allow Epstein to talk to the Cubs, and that Epstein is going to be the Cubs next GM. Not that he will simply listen to an offer, but that Epstein will take an offer and go to Chicago.

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Now, even if Sherman is correct, this isn't a done deal yet. Epstein would still have to interview with the Cubs and both sides would have to leave the interview impressed. From there a contract would have to be agreed upon.

Considering the resources and history, the job would be similar to what Epstein took over in 2002 with the Red Sox in many ways, with two glaring exceptions. First of all, those Red Sox were a lot closer to winning a championship than the current Cubs are. On the other hand, Epstein had to deal with the big-spending Yankees in the AL East. In the NL Central, a good Cubs team has the ability to dwarf the rest of the division in the payroll department.

Would Epstein's ties to the Boston area -- he grew up in New England and attended Yale University -- be trumped by him seeking a new challenge or departure from the exceedingly high expectations in Boston now? Time will tell, but this is certainly a situation worth monitoring.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:00 pm

Report: Epstein might be headed to Cubs

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:58 am

Report: Epstein might be headed to Cubs

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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:10 am

Report: Epstein might be headed to Cubs

This news leaked out just about the time the collapse began. Coincidence? I think not!

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 2:12 am

Report: Epstein might be headed to Cubs

Unless your Boston or New York or going to spend like they do why would you want a GM from there. They have played on a unlevel playing field you really don't know if they could handle being in the real world or not. Any GM in baseball could win in Boston and New York. The real challenge is to win with the Rays, Reds and Pirates. Work with a $70 million hard budget or for the love of Pete a $41 million budget. Then see how bad things can be for your team if you pick Lackey as your one big ticket item and he is a bust like he has been in Boston. The difference is Boston goes out and buys someone else, the Pirates suffer through the contract and hope and pray Lackey can fix his problems.

Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:42 am

Report: Epstein might be headed to Cubs

Theo Epstein has been one of the most overrated GM"S in the history of MLB. Just think about how many horrible "free-agent" signings he's made during his tenure. The list goes on-and-on -- Matt Clement, Edgar Renteria, Julio Lugo, JD Drew, John Lackey, Mike Cameron, Carl Crawford,etc. That's approximately 400 million dollars of wasted money right there between those previously mentioned players. Needless to say, John Henry may have loved Theo as a son at one time, but after a while it looks like even he has now grown tired of Theo's irresponsible ways, so why not let him talk to the Cubs. "Don't let the door hit you in the arse Theo."

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 9:49 pm

Report: Epstein might be headed to Cubs

"Epstein might be headed to Cubs"  fantastic news

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2011 2:53 pm

Report: Epstein might be headed to Cubs

It's not so much giving Crawford a bye, but doing what is best for Crawford and he team. He got off to a really ugly start. He was dropped down in the order and started to respond very favorably. Just because that occurs, you can't be surprised that if you move him back up in the order, he starts having trouble again. Besides athletic skill, the game is still mental for many participants. You move ack up and have two ofers (maybe the pitching wa really good) and you start to press again. Reaggravating injuries doesn't help either. If Crawford is comfortable hitting seventh in the Sox lineup, you have to convince him we want you to hit seventh, and you can run more in our lineup hitting seventh. Crawford appears to be a player that yu don't want thinking too much. See the ball, hit he ball. You have to also convince him to forget about his big contract and trying to live up to somthing. We want you to play hungry as if you were the lowest paid player on the team. Everything else will take care of itself.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: October 2, 2011 1:22 pm

Report: Epstein might be headed to Cubs

when you (Tampa) have the FIRST pick X number of years in a row you better be where tsmpas farm system is. Did their people make good choices yes are they so great that they could make those choices every year drafting where the Redsox draft????? no one knows. Also Bowdin has pitched out of the bullpen all year you don't take a guy who hasn't pitched more then 2 innnings all year and say "go start". On to Lackey and Crawford, just because a team goes out and signs a player it does not mean their farm system is bad. Lackey was a good pitcher with the Angels he seems to have forgotten how to pitch no one could have seen his complete breakdown. Crawford went through an agustment year,no one thought he would need one but going from Tampa to the RedSox is like going from NL to AL. Wow so the RedSox "are not developing ANY talent" the RedSox minor league pitchers had a Down year YES i admit that, but they aredeveloping some good position players Redick, Middlebrooks, Iglesias, Kalish, Lin, Linarez, Anderson and Brentz to name a few. So the RedSox are devoloping players. GOOD teams develop players and TRADE for players AND SIGN free agents. Theo is a good GM has he made some bad choices yes. but he is a good GM.
Oh almost forgot as for bruce Chen, (A)he had a good year this year. (B)he was available for what the Sox were willing to give up (anderson) (C) he was better then Weiland or Wakefield.

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