I’ll have plenty more on the Hoyer/McLeod media tour soon, but for now, your morning non-Jed/Jason bullets…

  • Yesterday’s deadline for settling the compensation owed to the Red Sox for Theo Epstein came and went without a conclusion. At the press conference Epstein said that one of two things would happen: (1) the matter would be submitted to the Commissioner’s Office for a decision, or (2) the two sides would receive an extension. Buried at the bottom of an article – as though it isn’t an important issue – Gordon Wittenmyer says the two sides did receive an extension until the end of next week. I’m not seeing confirmation from other sources yet, though, and it would surprise me if such an important news bit was offered in a throwaway line at the end of an article on other topics. Then again, in a number of ways, it wouldn’t surprise me.
  • Buster Olney has been saying via various media that he thinks Red Sox fans will be disappointed with the compensation. Bruce Levine noted in a chat that the two sides, at one point, had an agreement that Chris Carpenter would be the choice, but the Red Sox backed out. It seems as though, if the Cubs were willing to give up Carpenter, that would be the baseline from which Bud Selig would work, if the matter comes before his office. That’s a steep price to pay.
  • Carpenter, together with Junior Lake and Trey McNutt, will be playing in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game this Saturday, November 5 at 6pm CT, which will air on MLB Network.
  • If the Cubs’ managerial job opens up, the Cubs might target Brewers’ hitting coach Dale Sveum, says Jon Heyman. The Red Sox are already bringing him in for an interview.
  • The Gold Glove winners have been announced, and, naturally, there were no Cubs selected. Unrelated, the “defensive” awards continue their march toward “the best offensive player who happened to kind of also play some good defense this year” awards.
  • Dodgers’ owner/Gozer, the Destructor Frank McCourt has agreed to sell the Dodgers through the current bankruptcy case, with input from MLB. If you need a pick-me-up today, read this insane list of offenses in the McCourt ownership era, and then think fondly of the Cubs’ owner, the Ricketts Family. We’ve got it good, friends.
  • Those Theo Epstein No. 12 jerseys that popped up when the new President of Baseball Operations was announced? Gone.
  • Ryan Theriot says Albert Pujols coming to the Cubs would be a “gamechanger,” but I’m not entirely sure why I’m supposed to care. Relatedly, some oddsmakers have the Cubs as the favorites to land Pujols – over even the Cardinals – which tells me only that Cubs fans who gamble are clearly too exuberant. It is technically possible that he could come, but every time Theo or Jed speaks, those odds should be going down. Pujols returning to the Cardinals should be the prohibitive favorite.
  • Some miscellaneous background on possible free agent target, Japanese ace Yu Darvish.
  • Fishin Phil

    Ryan Theriot says Albert Pujols coming to the Cubs would be a “gamechanger,”


    Thank you Captain Obvious.

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      Argh… Just when I thought I’d go a day without Cardinal speak this turd has to ruin my day. The rage is building again, GOAT SMASH!

      (I spare everyone the words I want to say, you can visit “The Horror” game 7 thread on the message board to see what I want to say)

  • Cliffy

    Brett a dumb question, in the side bar to the right under recent comments, you have a snippet of full conversation. Where do I find the full comment. Its appears that its not in the current topic thread.

    • ReiCow

      Did you click on his name? The poster’s name is a link to the post for that sidebar.

  • Polar Bear

    Cliffy, I believe if you just click on the snippet you are referring to, it will take you directly to that portion of the discussion.

  • Andy

    Cliffy –

    Just click on the person’s name associated with the comment. It will bring you to the comment (and entire thread).

  • Toosh

    Time for Ricketts and his new hires to get to work. Hire a manager. Let him hire his coaches. Get on with the personnel changes.

  • http://www.calliopevoices.com The Big Mustafa

    As great as Pujols is/has been, he’s gotten to that point in his career where it is still tough to call him a “sure thing”. Some of these big guys get to 34 or 35, and start losing bat speed/mobility like crazy. If Pujols came here in time for his decline, he’d be the biggest albatross in Cubs history. On the flip side…he might also be one of those guys who is awesome into his 40’s.

    I know…I’m really going out on a wire with my observations, but given his (reported) contract demands, he just might be a massive third rail.

    Also…I have no idea whether or not Carpenter is going to turn into something, but I don’t like giving up a “name prospect” in this deal. They need to try and find a sleeper, and take their chances.

    And, Brett…the McCourt list? Even as someone who has followed that saga, a bit…that was a monster. (The guy who wrote it could work for you, too. 😉 )

    • Aaron

      Yeah the Pujols deal is just too risky to take at this point. Plus, it goes against the goals of the new management entirely. One thing that they might do is just get Pena into a 2-3 year deal for modest money, since he’s still a decent bat and saved a ton of errors on defense last season. That would be a more economical option while they’re rebuilding the farm system.

    • hardtop

      albert can barely move.  he makes paul konerko look like a 30 stolen base guy (ok not really, no one is as slow as konerko, but you get my drift)  my suspicion is its from years of abusing his body with legal and non legal things, combined with still being a little older than he 9is on “paper”.  the decline has begun, itsd be a bad contract for the cubs at this stage in their organizational development.

  • Cliffy

    Thanks guys with the help on recent comments question.

  • CubsFanatic

    I might be captain obvious here, but couldn’t you just get a personalized jersey with Epstein’s name with the number 12 on it?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Sure, but it won’t be “official.” Apparently.

  • hansman1982

    It is amazing how quickly the sports world moves.

    A month ago Red Sox fans hated Theo for the September collapse, now they want us to pay as if we are taking Gonzalez or Pedroia from them.  About as bad as Hawkeye fans.

    • Hawkeye

      Hey now, don’t be coming down on Hawkeye Nation.

  • Cliffy

    Jed Hoyer will be on 670 WSCR at 820 this morning.

  • pfk

    Did anyone else read the, “insane list of offenses”? It is so unbelievable that one would swear it’s fake – but they are actually true! Bizarre as bizarre gets. Halfway through you are saying WTF? Then the list just gets more an more bizarre.

    • Internet Random

      Yeah, I read it, and I agree.  I think my favorite was $600k to a long-distance faith healer.

      • pfk

        Makes Crane Kenney look like a piker.

      • TWC

        I wish they had competitively bid that faith healing.  I could have done it for them for only $550,000.

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      Disgusting, this is why the Occupy movement is happening. When multi-millionaire use other people’s money to finance their fun.

      • Ian Afterbirth

        I know your comment is tongue in cheek, Goat, but it’s true.

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          It completely true and a major reason the occupy this and that is happening, America is seeing millionaires finance their fun on the average worker and then walk away without consequence. McCourt will still live in a 30K/month hotel after this and he will still spend money like tissue paper on taco night. Heck if I’m late on my $200 car payment the wrath of god rains down, but McCourt is still living the good life.

          • Hawkeye

            Wow, $200/month car payments.  You fancy now.   You keep throwing money like that around and we will have a “Occupy Michigan Goat” movement before we know it.

            • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

              Feel free to occupy my debt

    • Todd

      The list of “collected sins” is disgusting. It makes Rick Telander’s comparison of Ricketts/Epstein to the Wall Street bankers that acted fraudulently even more laughable. I still can’t believe Telander made that comparison. What a joke.

  • BD

    LOL – Gozer.

  • Ian Afterbirth


  • willis



    • willis

      Eh who are you and why did you take my name?

      For the record, I don’t agree with these predictions. Maddux I could see being manager though. Mike Maddux that is.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Is that an impression?

      • TWC

        I sure was impressed.

  • ISU Birds

    I see him Ray….he’s looking right at me…..An ugly little spud isn’t he……..I think he can hear you Ray.

    Also, how would one go about getting a Gravatar?

    • Hawkeye

      Try as you may, Cyclone fans are not allowed access to Gravatar.com.

      Just to go gravatar.com and use the email address that you use for this site to register a pic and let the internet do the rest.

      • TWC

        They have the internet on computers now?

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          Not for dirty hippy landscape architects

          • Hawkeye

            Well played.   I agree whole heartedly.  I don’t have a problem with Hippies, but have never liked dirty landscape architects.

            • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

              TWC is the trifecta

              • TWC

                Yeah!  Trifecta!  USA! USA! USA!

                Or something…

      • ISU Birds

        Exscuse me sir but that is Illinois State Birds.

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          Is that a Cardinal? RAGE BUILDING, get the pitchforks!

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Mike Quade is out… Sources say Theo isn’t considering Ryno? Then who??? Also I see Adam Kennedy is available… Better option as well at 2nd base…I feel Aramis will be in Detroit this year… Maybe we get Betimet?

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  • jim

    No sandberg means theo will have smaller budget. Fewer fans = less €¥£$!