Thank heavens the Cubs landed Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, otherwise the next year under the reign of the Cardinals would be utterly intolerable. It certainly ain’t good as it stands. And, to think: the Cardinals just won the World Series after an offseason in which they (1) lost Adam Wainwright for the year, and (2) acquired Ryan Theriot. Voodoo freaking magic.

  • With the end of the World Series, the offseason is upon us. Here’s your roadmap. Up first, option decisions on Aramis Ramirez and by Ryan Dempster. MLB and the Players’ Association have announced that those decisions must be made by Monday at midnight.
  • Bud Selig doesn’t expect the Cubs and Red Sox to come to an agreement on compensation for Theo Epstein by Tuesday’s deadline. “If I had to guess it’ll be another thing that I have to deal with on Nov. 1,” the Commissioner said. “Obviously I talked to both parties a lot, all parties involved. And you know, I am sensitive during the playoffs and World Series that nothing should take away from it. Fortunately nothing has, despite the fact there has been a lot of conversation. I thought in the end it was OK. We’ve moved on .… I’m quite satisfied.”
  • So, the Commissioner believes he’ll have to settle the dispute, which I’m sure is a bit of an awkward spot. As I’ve said before, I imagine Selig’s inclination will be to side with the Cubs – not out of love for the Northsiders, but because he’ll not want to set a precedent of requiring huge compensation for promotions. At the same time, it’s not like Selig is going to totally screw over the Red Sox in favor of the Cubs. Odds are, the Red Sox will get what they deserved all along: a couple good prospects.
  • As we already know, Aramis Ramirez is the best third baseman on the market this Winter. After him, it’s rough.
  • Bryan LaHair, who was recently named MiLB’s AAA player of the year, is hoping he gets a chance to stick with the Cubs for 2012. And he’s a quick study on what President Epstein is looking for. “The little time I was out there [in September], I felt real comfortable there,” LaHair said. “I think I proved I can grind out at-bats, get good pitches to hit it hard, and then just let everything else take over. I think I got a really good opportunity in September.
  • Carrie Muskat answers questions, but there’s not a whole lot there. She expects the Red Sox to get one minor leaguer for Epstein, for what it’s worth.
  • The similarities between Chicago Blackhawks’ GM, Stan Bowman and Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein.
  • Chicago Cubs’ prospect Matt Szczur is a good guy.
  • Roger Waters brings ‘The Wall’ to Wrigley Field next summer. Dude.
  • Cliffy

    If you read or listened to Larry Lucchino interview on WEEI yesterday you could tell how contentious the conversation between he and hosts of WEEI show was. WEEI is the flagship station for Bosox games. Can you imagine such a conversation taking place on WGN with either Jim Hendry (in the past) or today with Theo Epstein. No way. Right now Bosox management is still in damage control mode, they cannot cave in on compensation. Enter Bud Selig, he becomes the scapegoat for the sox. This way sox can state they held out for best deal possible for them but were screwed over by Selig.

    • Fishin Phil


  • louslew

    I, for one as a Cub fan do not want Bud Selig making this decision for me and if I were a BoSox fan I would feel the same. So as the The Cable Guy would say, git er done…NOW!!!!

  • Drake

    This may be have an obvious answer, but if the Cubs were to not pick up Dempster’s option would they still be able to pick up compensation by offering arbitration? I want him to be retained obviously, maybe not for his current price tage, but just curious since he is a type A free agent and Epstein is a guy who is notorious for letting veteran type A’s walk to get the draft picks.

    • Cliffy

      I believe thats Dempsters option is a players option, not the teams option. He decides wether to stay for that amount or decline it and become a free agent.

  • Jeff

    “the Cardinals just won the World Series after an offseason in which they (1) lost Adam Wainwright for the year, and (2) acquired Ryan Theriot. Voodoo freaking magic.”

    Not to mention that they got to play games 6 and 7 at home because of the silly/ridiculous rule about the All Star game, even though the Rangers won their division and Cards got in the playoffs on the last night of the season.


    I know names haven’t been thrown around in a while, but just to measure where things are at, it seems the Red Sox want Trey McNutt or a prospect of his level, while the Cubs want to give up Chris Carpenter or someone of his level.  Does that sound about right?

  • Internet Random

    Roger Waters brings ‘The Wall’ to Wrigley Field next summer.

    Unless he’s bringing David Gilmour and Nick Mason, too, he can leave it.

    • TWC


      • Laura


      • Miguel Ramirez

        T-dub, you should of warned me about the “chocolates” in the parking lot of the WSP show. WOW!

        • TWC

          Larf. Seems like I’ve got a bit of a reputation around here.

          • Miguel Ramirez


  • Cliffy

    Bobby Valentine thinks the Rangers will be looking for help at closer, what kind of a selling job can Theo do in interesting them in Marmol for prospects.

  • Toosh

    If Selig does intervene, he should go on past precedent. As a courtesy, teams usually allow their employees to make a non-lateral move with no compensation. The Red Sox should get nothing unless Epstein doesn’t come alone.

  • die hard

    Selig should rule nothing owed Red Sox if Cubs picked up bonus

  • Cliffy

    Bruce Levine this morning when asked which of these four will be on the Cubs at the start of 2012 Season Dempster, Zambrano, Quade or Soriano answered Dempster. It was a given that Aramis would not be there as well. Count me in complete rebuild mode seize the momentum now.

  • Serio

    Can you believe that Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot both have rings

    • MichiganGoat

      The Chicago Cubs a farm system for utility player for WS Champions.

      • Ron Swanson

        I know you say that at least partially in jest, MG, but that is also legitimatly our issue. We have too many players that are perfectly useful in lesser roles. The Cubs try to rely on those same players in greater roles and the results are predictable.

      • Laura

        I can hear my father saying those same words & shaking his head.

  • LouCub

    I’m glad for Fontenot, I despise Ryan Theriot!!!!!

    • alsecord

      I’m happy for the riot, i’m sure he didn’t ask to be traded to the dodgers for absolutely nothing, and just maybe his comments after being traded to the cardinals were hear loudly by TR initiating the present change.

      • TWC

        Theriot is probably the dumbest baseball player I’ve ever seen — and that’s saying something — but he shaves his freaking arms. That’s unforgivable.

  • hardtop

    I learned something super valuable watching this world series. Something I suspected but was able to easily confirm: the cubs would be absolute fools to sign Albert pujols or
    CJ Wilson.

    • Brett

      You take too much away from one series at your own peril, but, like, yeah.

      • hardtop

        Not the first series I’ve seen either play…. Obviously seen pujols more, like triple digits but I’ve seen plenty of Wilson in the post season. Just able to finally confirm my previous thoughts/beliefs on both. The coffin has been nailed shut.

  • SweetJamesJones

    A LOT of F-Bombs were dropped last night.

  • Cliffy

    Dempster picks up 2012 option will be here in2012.

    • SweetJamesJones

      You are a magic man.

  • auggie1955

    Brett, that was a great story about Szczur.