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Epstein to join Cubs, bring along Pads GM Hoyer

Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:03 am
Edited on: October 20, 2011 3:37 pm
 
EpsteinBy Evan Brunell

The Cubs are expected to make Theo Epstein a member of its front office on Thursday, ESPN Chicago reports.

A news conference is expected on Friday to announce the hiring, with commissioner Bud Selig having given the team permission to announce the news during the World Series. Friday is a scheduled off-day as the teams travel to Texas.

"The two sides are on the five-yard line," a source told ESPN Chicago, noting that a package of Cubs prospects will be headed to Boston. None of the prospects will be Brett Jackson, Trey McNutt or Matt Szczur. Previous attempts at compensation had included Boston asking for ace Matt Garza and even having Chicago take John Lackey's contract. However, the Cubs appear to have negotiated the Red Sox down to a more sane level of compensation. Cash is not expected to be part of the transaction.

Speaking of Lackey, there's another connection he has to all this. Epstein is expected to be named president of the Cubs, so he will need to hire a GM. His focus has been trained on the Padres, where he is expected to pilfer current GM Jed Hoyer, allowing senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes to ascend to the role. (ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reported at 3 p.m. ET that the deal was done: Theo as president, Hoyer as GM, Byrnes replacing Hoyer in San Diego.)

The Padres will not ask compensation for Hoyer, largely because Padres CEO Jeff Moorad has long wanted Byrnes to GM again, having hired him to GM the Diamondbacks back when Moorad steered the Arizona ship. Byrnes was fired in July 2010 after originally being hired by Moorad in 2005. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts also close with Byrnes' brother in a bond business, and both Moorad and Ricketts are friends. Perhaps this is why Hoyer would leave a situation in which he would appear to have more control -- if Byrnes has an influential voice and the ear of Moorad, Hoyer's voice in San Diego may not be as powerful as previously thought. In that regard, why not take a higher-profile job working under Epstein?

Throughout all this, a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune says that the Padres have discussed internally whether or not to acquire Lackey in a trade.

The Padres would need Boston to eat most of what is remaining on Lackey's deal. He originally signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal that has three years to go. Lackey might be able to succeed in a weaker division, a friendlier home park and a manager in which Lackey is familiar with. Bud Black was the pitching coach for the Angels when Lackey came up, so all told, Lackey may be able to turn his career around in San Diego. Boston might be motivated to eat much of Lackey's deal just to get him out of town, so this bears watching once Byrnes takes over in San Diego.

Incoming Red Sox GM Ben Cherington says he has yet to hear anything, and any reports are "premature. Haven't heard anything this morning," he told the Boston Globe.

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

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Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Epstein to join Cubs, bring along Pads GM Hoyer

so the Padres are just going to allow Hoyer and McLeod to leave and join Epstein in Chicago, with no mention of any type of compensation for San Diego?

there has been a lot of irresponsible journalism this past week+

shame on every one of them, from Chicago to Boston and points inbetween


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Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:14 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Epstein to join Cubs, bring along Pads GM Hoyer

I think that Epstein could turn the Cubs around, but first thing that need to be done is clean house top to bottom.
And hire Ryne Sandberg as manager before anyone else does.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Epstein to join Cubs, bring along Pads GM Hoyer

As a Cubs fan, I am not so sure even the phenom Epstein can turn around the losing ways on the Northside.  Oh, the loveable losers.
I think that Epstein could turn the Cubs around, but first thing that need to be done is clean house top to bottom.



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Epstein to join Cubs, bring along Pads GM Hoyer

Here is how the negotiations went:

Can we get Starlin Castro?..........No

Can we get Matt Garza?..............No

Can we get a case of beer for Jon Lester and Josh Beckett?..........Sure



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Epstein to join Cubs, bring along Pads GM Hoyer

I doubt that Reyes would sign with the Cubs, Reyes and Castro both play SS. If the Cubs went after Reyes then someone would have to play 2B, I don't think either Castro or Reyes want to play 2B



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Epstein to join Cubs, bring along Pads GM Hoyer

Sorry to be a stickler here (OK I'm not sorry), but the story says that Selig has given permission to the Cubs to make the announncement on Friday. That does NOT mean that an announcement will come on Friday, just that it's OK with Bud if the Cubs do so.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Epstein to join Cubs, bring along Pads GM Hoyer

Everybody is a freaking critic.    Theo was a good GM and to be honest, as a Yankee fan, I'm glad he's not with the Red Sox anymore.  He'll be a success at Chicago, mark my words.    No matter how the Boston media and the fans spin this, it was a huge mistake for the Red Sox.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Epstein to join Cubs, bring along Pads GM Hoyer

Syeely...let's hope the Cubs don't get Reyes...Castro seems to be doing alright over there.  Their farm system is headed in the right direction but that happens when you haven't made any major trades in the last couple of years. Theo may not have a blank check in Chicago but the money is there and Ricketts will let him do what he thinks is best.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Epstein to join Cubs, bring along Pads GM Hoyer

the optimism must be coming from Chicago...Boston sources aren't saying a deal is close...and if a deal isn't close, then they wouldn't have gone to Selig already, asking for special permission to announce it on Friday...the whole thing continues to stink


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