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Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Evening Rundown

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Evening Rundown

Sigh. I really wanted to squeal today. Reports that the deal for Epstein was virtually done seem to have been premature, but things are still looking relatively good for a deal soon (ditto with respect to Jed Hoyer).

Meet the GM Candidates Cheat Sheet: Jed Hoyer

Meet the GM Candidates Cheat Sheet: Jed Hoyer

An unexpected (final?) entrant in the Meet the Candidates series, the recent rumors and reports necessitated a rundown of San Diego Padres’ GM, Jed Hoyer.

Why a Big Compensation Fight with the San Diego Padres is Unlikely

Why a Big Compensation Fight with the San Diego Padres is Unlikely

If the Cubs go hard after Jed Hoyer, things probably won’t get as ugly as they have with the Red Sox.

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Expectations Officially Set for Tomorrow (UPDATE)

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Expectations Officially Set for Tomorrow (UPDATE)

Multiple reports say the deal is basically done, and will be announced tomorrow. I’m not quite ready to squeal, but we’re getting ever closer. UPDATE: Bruce Levine says the press conference is happening tomorrow; er, now he’s back-tracking.

Theo Epstein Afternoon Update: The Jed Hoyer Rumors Are Getting Louder

Theo Epstein Afternoon Update: The Jed Hoyer Rumors Are Getting Louder

Hoyer won’t comment, and is “concentrating” on the Padres (which sounds like Epstein’s initial denial). Most pundits, including those in San Diego, believe someone is coming to the Cubs from the Padres. Peter Gammons dumps on the Cubs.

Cubs Prospects Are Wrapping Up Their Seasons and Other Mostly Non-Theo Bullets

Cubs Prospects Are Wrapping Up Their Seasons and Other Mostly Non-Theo Bullets

The Arizona Instructional League is over, Congress hates chew, Mike Quade’s future, MLB’s labor talks, and, yeah, a couple things on Theo.

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Waiting for President Epstein?

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Waiting for President Epstein?

Epstein may already be looking for a GM, and various San Diego executives are targeted. The compensation fight drags on, but the Boston employee fight might be over. An announcement today is considered unlikely.

by October 19, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Report: Chicago Cubs Interested in San Diego Padres’ GM Jed Hoyer

Report: Chicago Cubs Interested in San Diego Padres’ GM Jed Hoyer

The Cubs would like someone like Hoyer to join the front office to work under Theo Epstein. And, in the interim, if the Red Sox continue to take a hard line on Epstein, that person could run the show in Chicago.

Another Theo Epstein Morning Update: Is Today the Day?

Another Theo Epstein Morning Update: Is Today the Day?

Surprise: some sources say it could still happen today, some say talks will drag into the World Series. Many other tidbits in this morning’s rundown.

In His Own Words: Red Sox President Larry Lucchino Teaches Us How to Treat One Another

In His Own Words: Red Sox President Larry Lucchino Teaches Us How to Treat One Another

“Life is not about warming yourself by the fire, life is about building the fire. And generosity is the match.”

by October 18, 2011 MLB News and Rumors
Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Now Sources Say Red Sox Demands Might Delay Deal

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Now Sources Say Red Sox Demands Might Delay Deal

Their first request for Epstein? Matt Garza. Sigh.

Many Chicago Cubs’ Ticket Prices Will Be Slightly Lower in 2012

Many Chicago Cubs’ Ticket Prices Will Be Slightly Lower in 2012

Chicago Cubs’ season ticket prices are dropping slightly for 2012, as are bleacher seats.

by October 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Everyone Thinks Deal Will Be Announced Before World Series Begins on Wednesday

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Everyone Thinks Deal Will Be Announced Before World Series Begins on Wednesday

Another rundown of where things stand with respect to the Cubs and Theo Epstein. Things are looking good for an early week announcement. Many other bullets, as well.

Everyone Thinks Yu Darvish Will Be Posted This Winter and Other Bullets

Everyone Thinks Yu Darvish Will Be Posted This Winter and Other Bullets

But should the Cubs get in on the potential ace? The Cardinals make me sigh, Cubs’ prospects make me smile, and the Astros’ sale is as back-and-forth as the Theo Epstein drama.

Rumor: Cubs and Red Sox’s Talks Nearing Conclusion, Theo Epstein and Josh Byrnes to Join Cubs’ Front Office

Rumor: Cubs and Red Sox’s Talks Nearing Conclusion, Theo Epstein and Josh Byrnes to Join Cubs’ Front Office

All rumor caveats apply, but this was too good not to share.

by October 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Theo Compensation Talks “Moving Along” and Other Bullets

Theo Compensation Talks “Moving Along” and Other Bullets

The talks are said to be “business-like” and “civil,” which would be a marked change from reports just two days ago. Brett Jackson is off the table, more Josh Byrnes buzz, and a Ryne Sandberg battle.

The Theo Epstein Saga: A Question of Leverage

The Theo Epstein Saga: A Question of Leverage

Who really holds the leverage in the Theo Epstein compensation discussions, and, if the Red Sox go nuclear, what can the Cubs do about it?

by October 15, 2011 Analysis and Commentary
Boston May Be Holding Up Theo Epstein Discussions for Personal Reasons and Other Bullets

Boston May Be Holding Up Theo Epstein Discussions for Personal Reasons and Other Bullets

Source says Red Sox are bitter that Theo wants to leave, and are holding him hostage in negotiations with Cubs. Red Sox owner all but confirms Theo’s departure, the Cubs have nice prospects, and Brett Jackson’s foot hurts.

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