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Report: Cubs ask to talk to Epstein

Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 7:47 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Epstein rumors

The Cubs have officially asked the Red Sox to speak with general manager Theo Epstein for their open GM position, the Boston Globe reports.

The Red Sox, according to the report, are meeting Tuesday to determine its response. Epstein is under contract for one more year and the Red Sox could refuse the Cubs' request. Or Epstein could stop all of this himself by telling Chicago he's not interested.

During Friday's press conference announcing Terry Francona's departure from the team, Red Sox officials declined comment when asked if they'd consider giving permission to the Cubs to speak to Epstein.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:57 pm

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Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:55 am

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Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:29 pm

Report: Cubs ask to talk to Epstein

 It's all talk at this point kinda like Cubs last couple seasons.  The Cubs have a mico-manager/owner (Tom Ricketts) and it will be hard to find GM or President that will deal with an owner like the Cubs have.  Tom Ricketts has already over stepped his bounds by resigning Oneri Fleita.  The GM / President usually has his own team of guys or builds his own team of guys that buy into his baseball philosophy.  THe Cubs need something fast and business man with no basball knowledge is the wrong guy to be at the wheel.  If Mr. Ricketts and his investors were really thinking they would have surrounded themselves with proven basball minds at the start of this venture.  Perfect example of Tom Ricketts brain power is the fact he was lead around by his nose by his selection of Mike Quade for manager.  The funniest part of that is Quade is still the manager and Cubs fans become more knotted as the days of winter approach.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:59 am

Report: Cubs ask to talk to Epstein

There are 2 different mindsets among MLB franchises currently: The majority have to draw most of their talent, and spend limited payroll predominantly on players developed from the farm....the others are big market teams like Yankees, Redsox, Phillies, Cubs, etc...that at least from outward appearence, spend a lot more time and money buying talent other teams can't afford anymore. 

There are different skills, and different risks invloved with each.

Theo Epstein's experience has clearly been with the big market, buy high faction. He had an elite payroll, and until recently, had a team that hadn't won the big one in a long time. Although the Cubs also fit that description, the Redsox could afford making a multi-million dollar signing mistake, still go buy a similar replacement, and maintain playoff level performance. The Cubs however, have suffered from overspending AND underperforming, still have lingering effects with a team nowhere near playoff contention. Maybe I'm wrong, but I have doubts that Epstein can buy his way into a Series with the Cubs as easily as with the Redsox, and I have even more doubts he has the expertise to draw on successful small market skills to improve from within anytime soon.

Maybe the Cubs challenge is attractive to Epstein, but I think he has greater risk leaving the Redsox, than the Redsox have in replacing him.

The Whitesox already have a GM, so I'd guess Terry Francona will sign with the White Sox, Theo plays it safe at home in Boston, and the Cubs are still looking for a GM, and a Cubs manager will be signed AFTER a GM is hired.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:56 am

Report: Cubs ask to talk to Epstein

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Theo and Terry in Chicago together ???

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:56 am

Report: Cubs ask to talk to Epstein

If I was Theo I would really try to sign a player like Adrian Beltre...this guy is awesome....oh wait

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:18 am

Report: Cubs ask to talk to Epstein

Yeah, the Yankees are pretty tough as long as they don't win the first three games of a series. Laughing

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:06 am

Report: Cubs ask to talk to Epstein

The Red Sox thing is an over reaction to a couple of slumps. 2012 the Red Sox should be competitive again in the AL East. Avert a poor start and finish and they win as many if not more than the Phillies did this season. And this choke they had in 2011 is a distant memory. Whoever takes them over has a lot of pressure, yet should have a winning record simply because of talent that was assembled for 2011. Tampa may have gotten in, but the Rangers have already taken them out of the playoffs, a single 9-0 win is all the Rays have to show for their good fortune & Red Sox misfortune.

The Cubs, that ship has sailed, the Brewers & Cardinals are simply better. Chicago simply hasn't had a 90 win team often enough or recently enough to be the wild card even. Francona & any other front office/managerial type took the heat for Red Sox players fails. That is wrong, because the money was there, the pieces brought in. I know the Yankees have their team, and they've missed playoffs too, so it's not like even that payroll is a lock for a WS Championship.

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