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Epstein-to-Cubs announcement won't come soon

Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 6:42 pm
 
EpsteinBy Evan Brunell

With the World Series beginning, it looks as if the expected move of Theo Epstein becoming president of the Chicago Cubs will have to wait.

Commissioner Bud Selig does not like teams making announcements during the World Series, as it takes away from the focus on the Fall Classic. This was violated once before when Alex Rodriguez announced he was opting out of his contract with the Yankees during the 2004 World Series, causing tremendous backlash. You won't see the news of Epstein joining the Cubs happening until at least Friday, the first scheduled off-day of the World Series -- and perhaps not until the World Series ends entirely. Selig would have to allow the announcement on an off-day.

Holding up talks to put Epstein in Chicago is the price of compensation heading back to Boston for releasing Epstein from his contract, which has a year left remaining. Talks, by all indication, are cordial and progressing, but is slow-going because Boston is asking a high price, while Chicago is understandably trying to hang onto its most valuable assets. The latest rumor connected prospect Trey McNutt with the Red Sox. The righty pitched on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League, a league that starts up in October and allows top prospects to play against each other. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings for the Mesa Sola Sox, giving up two earned runs on five hits and one walk, striking out just one. An additional two unearned runs scored off of McNutt.

In the meantime, Epstein is effectively functioning as Cubs GM despite being the official Red Sox GM, while lieutenant Ben Cherington has assumed the ropes in Boston and will be formally named Epstein's replacement once the boy wonder departs to Chicago. Part of the issue in discussions is which front-office people Epstein can take with him to Chicago. It's unclear who is going, but one name has surfaced in talks, ESPN Boston writes. That would be executive vice-president of business affairs, Jonathan Gilula. Gilula played a major part in the renovations at Fenway Park, and Epstein may be eyeing him to give a similar facelift to Wrigley Field. A source added that trainer Mike Reinold may also follow Epstein, but department heads on the baseball operations side will not leave. Epstein also may target Padres GM Jed Hoyer for a similar role in Chicago, or tap Hoyer's lieutenant, Josh Byrnes for the role. Both served under Epstein in Boston.

Catch up on all the Theo Epstein to Cubs madness here.

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Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:38 am
 

Epstein-to-Cubs announcement won't come soon

"Wrigley is a classic stadium and is not run down.  The have been major renovations the last few years and the Ricketts will continue to improve.  The food that I tasted last summer there was great but I didn't try everything."

Thanks CoachHoss2.  The last time I went to Wrigley was about 7 years ago and I had a great time.  It is definitely a classic stadium.  I don't follow the Cubs except when they make national news and it's good to see them taking action to improve.

It'd be great for baseball if the Cubs got in the World Series!



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:03 am
 

Epstein-to-Cubs announcement won't come soon

Stop hating because you worthless small market Reds wont be able to compete once the Cubs have compitent leadership in place.
Right, once the cubs trade all of their talent for a person who doesn't play... The small market teams have become increasingly smart about keeping good prospects in the minors, and squeezing their best years out of them in the majors before they ship off to the deep pocket teams.  Or, similarly, they squat on them until their final year and get tons in return for them.  The big spending teams are sitting on their couches this year, I wouldn't get too cocky until the cubs actually win something.  But, knowing my audience, thats a lot to ask.


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Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:48 am
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Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:34 am
 

Epstein-to-Cubs announcement won't come soon

Redsfan, your name says it all. You are a moron if you think nobody outside Cubs fans and Theo's relatives care about this announcement, this is big news that will potentially reshape the power of the NL Central for years to come if done correctly. Stop hating because you worthless small market Reds wont be able to compete once the Cubs have compitent leadership in place.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:25 am
 

Epstein-to-Cubs announcement won't come soon

I'm glad they are waiting for a Series off day to announce.

It would probably be in bad taste to upstage the World Series by announcing the (forgone conclusion) signing of a GM to a 5th place team that hasn't actually won a World Series since planes and cars and electric lighting was common...especially if he is expected to walk out on Lake Michigan to receive his crown.

LMAO....No one outside Chicago, except maybe Theo's parents, and the Boston Redsox front office, really care. In fact, I'd like to see how Buck & McCarver work that news into a discussion about how it benefits the Cardinals 

The Cubs, and Epstein may "target" lots of people, but who they get is much less important than what they accomplish with them. I'm happy Cubs fans have renewed reason to look forward, but need to be realistic about expectations.

If The Cubs "compensate" Boston with a prospect, it will be one of very few prospects Epstein can lay legitimate claim to bringng to Boston. He's proven he can start with a contender, spend the 2nd most money in MLB, and produce a contender... He's proven he can claim himself a curse breaker, and blame managers, players and beer for a playoff collapse predicated by his own oversight while spending all that money-he forgot the pitching...PR, hype, self-promotion, and even an elite budget and high expectations aren't guarantees of a GM's success...  




Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:53 am
 

Epstein-to-Cubs announcement won't come soon

Wrigley is a classic stadium and is not run down.  The have been major renovations the last few years and the Ricketts will continue to improve.  The food that I tasted last summer there was great but I didn't try everything. 

Speculation can't be monitored or fined by MLB. 

I could say sources say that Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols will be switching teams in 2012, and say it in the middle of Game 7 and there would be nothing they could do about it. 




Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:37 am
 

Epstein-to-Cubs announcement won't come soon

I certainly agree with the comments that this is embarrassingly bad journalism.  Moreover, do some fact-checking, goofball.  The A-Rod opt-out was in 2007, not 2004.



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:55 am
 

Epstein-to-Cubs announcement won't come soon

i just can't believe what i'm reading, what am i reading. now trainers are following gm's. boy wonder, come on, do you really care where he goes, go to cuba theo.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:37 am
 

Epstein-to-Cubs announcement won't come soon

Your post was painful to read.  Horrible sentence structure.  I actually had to decipher what you were trying to say from the gibberish you were spouting.



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:35 am
 

Epstein-to-Cubs announcement won't come soon

You should be fined for being a dumbazz!


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