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…
Archive for October, 2011
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.
A source says the Cubs have the green light to interview Theo Epstein, and another source says he saw Epstein in Chicago yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
The owner’s candor about the state of his franchise could push GM Andrew Friedman into the Chicago Cubs’ arms.
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.
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.