Bush was out of the loop on the Epstein signing, Albert Pujols is going to get paid, DeMarlo Hale is a managerial candidate, Phil Rogers is a conspiracy nut, and Junior Lake is looking better and better.
Month: October 2011
New Cubs’ President thanks his former organization, he’ll probably be handling his own negotiation discussions, Albert Pujols talks to the media, the Padres’ farm system is rising, and Junior Lake is on fire.
Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod Are Next: Cubs Have Officially Asked for, and Received, Permission to “Interview” San Diego Duo
Both the ask and the permission were something of a formality at this point.
Theo Epstein is OFFICIALLY the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs.
It looks unlikely that Theo will be announced today (Tuesday is the next open date), though the deal remains “on track.” Hoyer should follow soon after. If anyone knows what happened yesterday to screw things up, nobody’s talking.
Quade hasn’t heard from Cubs brass since the season ended. Ryne Sandberg is likely to leave Phillies organization, Marlon Byrd wants a culture change, Bryan LaHair eats souls, and the Astros sale is getting ugly.
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).
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.