Archive for October, 2011


Should the Cubs Keep Interim GM Randy Bush in the Front Office? and Other Bullets

Should the Cubs Keep Interim GM Randy Bush in the Front Office? and Other Bullets

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.

Theo Epstein Shows His Class and Other Bullets

Theo Epstein Shows His Class and Other Bullets

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

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.

by October 22, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
It’s Official: SQUEAL!!!!!!!

It’s Official: SQUEAL!!!!!!!

Theo Epstein is OFFICIALLY the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs.

by October 22, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Cubs Humor
Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: So, About That Press Conference

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: So, About That Press Conference

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.

Mike Quade is Still in the Dark, Still Waiting, and Other Bullets

Mike Quade is Still in the Dark, Still Waiting, and Other Bullets

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.

by October 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
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.