The owner’s candor about the state of his franchise could push GM Andrew Friedman into the Chicago Cubs’ arms.
Month: October 2011
Another day, another blast of rumors and speculation about the Chicago Cubs and Theo Epstein. Some think he’s coming, some think he’s not. Some think he’s worth it, some think he’s not.
Also, Bob Brenly drills Aramis Ramirez, Brett Jackson collects more accolades, Greg Maddux isn’t thinking about the Cubs, and re-signing Albert Pujols might be a mistake for the Cardinals.
Have you ever wondered about the legs in the Bleacher Nation banner? Did you assume they were mine?
This would be in addition to any compensation the Red Sox seek in order to let the Cubs actually hire Epstein. Yeesh. A number of other Epstein bullets today, as well.
Apparently Brently doesn’t believe Mike Quade will be back, either. The Arizona Fall League is underway and Josh Vitters is powering up, Tony LaRussa is missing some cash, and would-be Astros’ owner Jim Crane wants compensation to switch leagues.
The first official step in the hopeful process of bringing Theo Epstein to the Chicago Cubs.
Andrew Friedman may still be an option, Tom Ricketts reportedly has a backup list of up-and-comers, and Billy Beane may have a reason to leave Oakland.
Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Tipster Says We’ll Probably Know One Way or the Other on Theo Epstein This Week
The Red Sox will want to make a decision soon, so we may know as soon as this week. Indeed, Red Sox brass may have already met to sketch out a plan if Epstein departs.
Yesterday on Fox Business, Ricketts discussed the GM search, the economy, the playoffs, and getting “new leadership on the baseball side.”
Why would Zambrano agree to deferred salary if he knows the Cubs might release him anyway? Matt Szczur is a top prospect, Ryne Sandberg is a Red Sox managerial candidate, and Aramis Ramirez is nominated for an award.
More rumors coming out of Boston linking Theo Epstein to the Cubs. Be still my fragile heart.
New Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen wants Zambrano to join him in Miami next year, and the two have already been in contact with one another.
Sandberg may draw interest from other big league teams this Winter, including his own parent club. The Divisional Series are moving along, the Cubs’ org is in flux, Marlon Byrd is crazy in a good way, and Brad Snyder is gone.
A rundown of the quotes and rumors about Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs that have surfaced in the last 24 hours.
Saturday night ain’t the relaxing time it used to be.
The Angels are going to be looking for a new GM now. Orioles, too. Billy Beane is still trying to help the A’s move, Roy Halladay wants to bury the Cardinals, and 10,000 are coming to Wrigley.