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Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:08 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 10:55 pm
 
Theo Epstein

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs and Red Sox have released a joint statement to announce Theo Epstein has resigned from his position as the general manager of the Red Sox to become the President of Baseball Operations for the Cubs, effective immediately. An official press conferences will be held on Tuesday, both in Chicago and in Boston. Epstein will be introduced in Chicago, while the Boston news conference will be to name Epstein's successor, expected to be current assistant GM Ben Cherrington.

While the teams have not agreed upon compensation, they have "reached an agreement regarding a process by which appropriate compensation will be determined for the Red Sox and that issue will be resolved in the near term."

Epstein drama

While it's been expected for about a week that Epstein would take over the Cubs, but the issue of compensation has held up the deal. Although the deal may be done, it won't be announced until Tuesday because Major League Baseball will not allow teams to make major announcements during the World Series, or at least on the same day as games. Tuesday will be the next travel day, if the series isn't wrapped up in five games -- and if it is, Tuesday would be the first day after the World Series.

Epstein is expected to be joined in Chicago by Padres general manager Jed Hoyer, who will hold the same title with the Cubs. Former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes is expected to take over in San Diego. There's still the question of whether the Padres will require compensation for Hoyer's departure, something CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller reported earlier was expected. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday that the Padres have granted the Cubs permission to speak to Hoyer and assistant GM Jason McLeod. Dan Hayes of the North County Times tweets that the Padres and Cubs have already agreed to a list of Cubs prospects for the Padres to choose from for compensation and that besides Hoyer and McLeod, no other Padres officials will be headed to Chicago.

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Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:44 am
 

Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

so does this mean the man who used to captian the sox know gets to negotiate who the sox get for his services..... wow that is really messed up....selig should have stayed out of it completely.



Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

To be fair, he didn't say Sandberg. He said Sandburg, so maybe he intended one of the all-time great Chicagoans -- poet Carl Sandburg -- as the manager.

Of course, Carl died in 1967 at the age of 91, but he was alive and already an adult the last time the Cubs won the Series. Maybe the man who called Chicago "the city of the big shoulders" could break the jinx.

This is exactly the kind of outside-the-box thinking it will take. Bring back Tinker, Evers, Chance, Hack Wilson, Three Finger Brown and all those other guys. Go Zombie Cubs! 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

he won't luck out if he wins.it will take a brilliant job and luck to turn this awfull team into a winner.zambrano,soriano,bad pitching,this team is junk.first step is to fire quade and bring in someone like sandburg,who the fans like and want to see manage this team.
I have doubt that Sandberg would be hired as manager, Epstein and the new GM would want their guy as manager.

You overlooked the Cubs biggest problem, The Cubs was the worse defensive team in all of baseball. With a better defensive team would Improve the pitching, I figure the Cubs defense cost them about 10 to 20 wins this year.

I think it's time for Zambrano and Soriano to go, the Cubs need players that can play good offense and defense.



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

Since when are G.M's traded for players.  Players should be traded for players not for front office people.  This is crazy!



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

he won't luck out if he wins.it will take a brilliant job and luck to turn this awfull team into a winner.zambrano,soriano,bad pitching,this team is junk.first step is to fire quade and bring in someone like sandburg,who the fans like and want to see manage this team.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

As a Red Sox fan we wish Theo well and continued success.  The Red Sox were a pitching change, Pedro Martinez, away from going to the 2003 World Series and had the team to win it then.  Theo's best moves were bringing in Schilling and David Ortiz but since then has made many questionable moves.  Thu jury is still out on Crawford, but John Lackey and JD Drew and Mike Cameron are 3 of the worst.  Add to this Dice K and the lack of a plan with Victor Martinez and you have to wonder.  We gave up Masterson for Victor M and then let Victor go.  Overall I won't miss Epstein but I am thankful he was here for the two World Series victories.



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

Epstein give Cub fans some kind of hope. But let's be realistic here. He's going to have to get rid of the whole team and start from scratch. My guess is they'll be contenders in about 5 years or more. So dont get your hopes up Cubbie fans. 103 years and counting. Not like Epstein is going to throw the first pitch opening day. Nl central have power houses Milwaukee and oh.... the team thats in the world series, St. Louis in their division. Epstein will make millions in the Cubs orginization and probably get some good players to come and play at Wrigley but, he won't get a team together to beat St louis and milwaukee. Face it. Cub fans had their chances when they had Prior and Wood. They blamed innocent fan Bartman and Choked!!!!! Epstein will fail in Chicagp



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

is epstein going to pitch opening day? lol



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

I personally am excited to have Theo Epstein with the Cubs. After the careless contracts of Jim Hendry, anything is better.

As for you clowns saying Theo won't make enough difference and that the Cubs are hopeless, how do you morons know for sure ? Only time will tell, But to all the naysayers here, if Epstein does at least make the Cubs a contender, don't jump on the bandwagon and lie and say things like "I told you guys Theo could do it"! I will gladly throw your behinds off.



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Epstein resigns from Red Sox, takes over Cubs

Epstein is going to just luck out and the Cubs are going to win. The Cubs are way overdue and by fluke, they will win the WS while Epstein takes the reins. People will call him an immortal while he will be at the right place at the right time - same as happened with Red Sox. When Epstein wheels and deals, he fails and fails badly. Look at the starting pitching, shortstop, outfielder deals that he has done for the Red Sox. He is ok with the farm system as happened with the Red Sox - but baseball farm systmes are like playing the roulette - no one knows how it will pan out.


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