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).
Archive for October, 2011
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.
If the Cubs go hard after Jed Hoyer, things probably won’t get as ugly as they have with the Red Sox.
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.
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.
The Arizona Instructional League is over, Congress hates chew, Mike Quade’s future, MLB’s labor talks, and, yeah, a couple things on Theo.
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.
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.
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.
“Life is not about warming yourself by the fire, life is about building the fire. And generosity is the match.”
Their first request for Epstein? Matt Garza. Sigh.
Chicago Cubs’ season ticket prices are dropping slightly for 2012, as are bleacher seats.
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.
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
All rumor caveats apply, but this was too good not to share.
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.
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?
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.