Archive for October, 2011

The Theo Epstein Saga: A Question of Leverage

The Theo Epstein Saga: A Question of Leverage

Who really holds the leverage in the Theo Epstein compensation discussions, and, if the Red Sox go nuclear, what can the Cubs do about it?

by October 15, 2011 Analysis and Commentary
Boston May Be Holding Up Theo Epstein Discussions for Personal Reasons and Other Bullets

Boston May Be Holding Up Theo Epstein Discussions for Personal Reasons and Other Bullets

Source says Red Sox are bitter that Theo wants to leave, and are holding him hostage in negotiations with Cubs. Red Sox owner all but confirms Theo’s departure, the Cubs have nice prospects, and Brett Jackson’s foot hurts.

The Theo Epstein Compensation Drama Continues – Red Sox Don’t Want to Let Theo Take Personnel (UPDATE)

The Theo Epstein Compensation Drama Continues – Red Sox Don’t Want to Let Theo Take Personnel (UPDATE)

There still isn’t an overt concern that the deal will fall through, but talks could drag into next week. UPDATE: Red Sox Owner all but confirms Theo is gone.

Billy Corgan Wants Ryne Sandberg and Other Bullets

Billy Corgan Wants Ryne Sandberg and Other Bullets

Smashing Pumpkins front man is a die hard Cubs (and Sandberg) fan. Aramis Ramirez wants many years, Carlos Pena digs the (hopeful) new GM, Theo’s grandpa writes about Morocco, and we’re loving on the Ricketts plan.

Theo Epstein Morning Update: Any Reasons for Concern?

Theo Epstein Morning Update: Any Reasons for Concern?

Yesterday, the Cubs and Red Sox discussed compensation for Theo Epstein, and those talks apparently did not reach a fruitful conclusion.

Sources: Tom Ricketts Has List of Prospects Being Evaluated for Possible Trade to Boston

Sources: Tom Ricketts Has List of Prospects Being Evaluated for Possible Trade to Boston

The process of compensating Boston for Theo Epstein is moving along, and sources say the Cubs are poring over a list of possible trade candidates.

by October 13, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Rumor: Theo Epstein Will Target Josh Byrnes to Join His Front Office

Rumor: Theo Epstein Will Target Josh Byrnes to Join His Front Office

Theo Epstein could be the tip of the ice berg when it comes to the reconstruction of the Chicago Cubs’ front office. Albeit a very large tip.

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Compensation to Boston Still An Issue

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: Compensation to Boston Still An Issue

A rundown of this morning’s relevant Theo Epstein news and rumors. Compensation is still an issue, though it isn’t likely to stop Epstein from coming.

Mike Quade is “Out of the Loop” and Probably Out of a Job and Other Bullets

Mike Quade is “Out of the Loop” and Probably Out of a Job and Other Bullets

Mike Quade doesn’t know what’s going on with Theo Epstein or his future, but his coaching staff is looking for jobs. The Cubs’ minor league All-Stars are named, the Astros are headed to the AL, and the Mayor will meet with the Cubs.

Enhanced Box Score: Brewers 3, Cardinals 4 – NLCS, Game 3

Enhanced Box Score: Brewers 3, Cardinals 4 – NLCS, Game 3

An EBS in October? No, don’t get excited – the Cubs are still not in the playoffs. But some future Cubs might be.

by October 13, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein Already Sound Like a Great Match

Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein Already Sound Like a Great Match

Tom Ricketts’ long-range plans for the Chicago Cubs and willingness to spend where necessary were big reasons Epstein was willing to come on board.

by October 12, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: The Late Morning Update

Theo Epstein Squeal Watch: The Late Morning Update

The smoke has turned to fire, and the blaze is consuming most of the Cubs-related world. Here’s the latest.

by October 12, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Can We Pretend Things Besides Theo Epstein Matter? and Other Bullets

Can We Pretend Things Besides Theo Epstein Matter? and Other Bullets

Theo is almost certainly on the way, but the show doesn’t stop (it just titters with excitement). The NLCS matchup is painful, Paul Konerko for White Sox manager, Arizona State is your favorite college baseball team, and Chicago is full of female fans.

by October 12, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors