It’s been fair to expect that, as the Chicago Cubs’ GM search process goes on, some unforeseen candidates would emerge. Or, I suppose, they would not emerge – and we might never hear about them unless one of them ends up being the guy.
Is Dan Evans one of those unforeseen candidates? Gordon Wittenmyer thinks so:
Evans fits all the criteria Ricketts laid out when he announced the firing of Jim Hendry last week — down to a background in advanced-metrics analysis.
Obviously, it’s been awhile since Evans was the rising-star assistant GM for the White Sox that Rick Hahn has become today.
But since an ugly split from the Sox after he was left out of the loop on Kenny Williams’ ascension to GM past him in 2000, Evans went on to a three-season run as GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He rebuilt and restocked a front office and farm system left lagging and depleted under Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp ownership.
Evans, 51, declined to be interviewed for this story. And it’s unclear where he stands on Ricketts’ early list of potential candidates that is known to include Tampa Bay’s Andrew Friedman, the New York Yankees’ Brian Cashman and the Dodgers’ current GM, Ned Colletti (like Evans, a Chicago native).
But friends and associates of Evans — a Lane Tech and DePaul grad who grew up near Wrigley Field — say he has always considered the Cubs’ GM position his dream job.
If you’re wondering who Dan Evans is, there’s a good reason for that. Evans, 51, hasn’t been a front office executive in seven years, when he was unceremoniously bounced from the Dodgers’ GM job by incoming owner Frank McCourt. Evans worked as a scout in the Mariners’ system for a few years before starting a sports agency, where he’s worked ever since.
Evans was successful in the Dodgers’ organization and is now credited by some with most of the success others have laid at Ned Colletti’s feet (most of the core home-grown Dodgers players of the mid-2000s came from Evans’ time in charge).
Still, I have a hard time seeing Ricketts taking a chance on a guy who’s been an agent for the last four years, and hasn’t been a GM in seven years, no matter how impressive his pedigree may have looked a decade ago.
Indeed, were this not an “Obsessive Watch,” I probably would have relegated this to a derisive bullet.