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Obsessive Theo Epstein Watch: Some Say He’s Coming, Some Say He’s Not

Obsessive Theo Epstein Watch: Some Say He’s Coming, Some Say He’s Not

Buster Olney quotes an executive who thinks Epstein is coming, but Jon Heyman quotes another who thinks he isn’t. So it goes with the Theo Epstein drama…

Reds Might Shop Joey Votto and Other Bullets

Reds Might Shop Joey Votto and Other Bullets

Hard to see them shopping him to the Cubs, though, as much as the Cubs might want him. Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena look to be Type B free agents, Zack Greinke dumps on Chris Carpenter, and Josh Vitters is raking.

Report: Red Sox Have Granted Cubs Permission to Speak to Theo Epstein

Report: Red Sox Have Granted Cubs Permission to Speak to Theo Epstein

A source says the Cubs have the green light to interview Theo Epstein, and another source says he saw Epstein in Chicago yesterday.

The Theo Epstein Question Remains Unanswered and Other Bullets

The Theo Epstein Question Remains Unanswered and Other Bullets

Things aren’t much more clear on Theo Epstein than they were yesterday before we heard from Red Sox brass. Aramis Ramirez is “surprised,” Trey McNutt is successful, the Cubs have good fans, and Nyjer Morgan is classy.

CJ Wilson Doesn’t Sound Too Interested in Coming to Chicago and Other Bullets

CJ Wilson Doesn’t Sound Too Interested in Coming to Chicago and Other Bullets

Gun laws, day games, and competitiveness could factor into Wilson’s decision. Aramis Ramirez is probably not returning, the Spring Training plan has a little delay, and Albert Pujols has fans.

by October 7, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Red Sox Owner and President Dodge Theo Epstein to Cubs Rumors, But Owner Admits “Theo Will Not Be the GM Forever”

Red Sox Owner and President Dodge Theo Epstein to Cubs Rumors, But Owner Admits “Theo Will Not Be the GM Forever”

It’s a team policy not to discuss requests like the Cubs’ reported request to interview Epstein, but Red Sox owner John Henry may have slipped.

Tampa Bay Rays’ Owner Stuart Sternberg is the Best Salesman the Cubs Have

Tampa Bay Rays’ Owner Stuart Sternberg is the Best Salesman the Cubs Have

The owner’s candor about the state of his franchise could push GM Andrew Friedman into the Chicago Cubs’ arms.

Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: More Theo Epstein Rumors

Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: More Theo Epstein Rumors

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.

Carlos Zambrano Denies Talking to Ozzie Guillen About Marlins and Other Bullets

Carlos Zambrano Denies Talking to Ozzie Guillen About Marlins and Other Bullets

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.

Meta: The Story of the Legs

Meta: The Story of the Legs

Have you ever wondered about the legs in the Bleacher Nation banner? Did you assume they were mine?

They aren’t.

by October 5, 2011 Meta
Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Red Sox May Want Compensation Just to *Talk* to Theo Epstein

Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Red Sox May Want Compensation Just to *Talk* to Theo Epstein

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.

Bob Brenly “Would Love” to Manage the Cubs in 2012 and Other Bullets

Bob Brenly “Would Love” to Manage the Cubs in 2012 and Other Bullets

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.

BOOM: Cubs Have Asked for Permission to Speak to Theo Epstein

BOOM: Cubs Have Asked for Permission to Speak to Theo Epstein

The first official step in the hopeful process of bringing Theo Epstein to the Chicago Cubs.

Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Friedman, Beane, Hahn, and Other Candidates Not Named Theo Epstein

Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Friedman, Beane, Hahn, and Other Candidates Not Named Theo Epstein

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

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.

Tom Ricketts Addresses Theo Epstein Rumors, Remains Mostly Mum

Tom Ricketts Addresses Theo Epstein Rumors, Remains Mostly Mum

Yesterday on Fox Business, Ricketts discussed the GM search, the economy, the playoffs, and getting “new leadership on the baseball side.”

by October 4, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins Might Not Make Sense and Other Bullets

Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins Might Not Make Sense and Other Bullets

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.

Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Source Says There’s a 50/50 Chance Theo Epstein Leaves Boston

Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Source Says There’s a 50/50 Chance Theo Epstein Leaves Boston

More rumors coming out of Boston linking Theo Epstein to the Cubs. Be still my fragile heart.

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