Tag:Tom Werner
Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:14 am

Report: Epstein '50-50' on leaving Red Sox

Theo EpsteinBy C. Trent Rosecrans

A source tells ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes that it's "50-50" that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein will leave Boston "for the right situation." Could that open the door for Epstein to take over the GM-less Chicago Cubs?

The opportunity to break the sport's two greatest curses would put Epstein in a category of famous front-office members that currently stands at one, and that's Branch Rickey. Not even Billy Beane and Brad Pitt would be able to top Epstein's accomplishment in baseball lore if he added a goat to his wall of skins along with the Babe. The only question would be if Ben Affleck would feel too jilted by Epstein leaving Boston to play the movie version of Epstein.

During Friday night's press conference announcing Terry Francona's departure, CEO Larry Lucchino and chairman Tom Werner dodged a question about Epstein's future and the team's GM didn't offer any insight, either.

Lucchino did note that Epstein is still under contract, which goes for one more year.

Edes noted, however, that owner John Henry feels some loyalty toward his general manager and would "not stand in the way" if Epstein wanted to go elsewhere.

But the Cubs may not be the only suitor if Epstein wants to leave Boston. The Angels also have an opening for a general manager. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herlad writes that "sources familiar with Angels owner Arte Moreno's thinking" are split about whether Moreno would want Epstein. Epstein may be fond of jackets and sweaters, but the ability to not need one in Southern California could appeal to him, as much as the challenge of ending the Cubs' title droughts.

Either way, before the general managers start chasing free agents, there will be a chase for general managers, with Epstein this year's version of Cliff Lee.

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Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:47 pm

Werner, Attanasio, Wolff deny interest in Dodgers

By Evan Brunell

AttanasioEver since Bud Selig announced a hostile takeover of the Dodgers, speculation has run rampant on who the next owner of the Dodgers would be if Selig is successful at pushing Frank McCourt out.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner already flatly denied rumors and two other current owners have joined him.

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, who is from Los Angeles, said he has no interest in taking the Dodgers over.  "It's great to be here. My wife and my family just moved into a new place in downtown Milwaukee, and we're excited to be part of the city and building what we hope is a championship team here," he told MLB.com.

Attanasio was available to reporters Wednesday as news broke that the club signed Ryan Braun to a five-year extension covering the years 2016-2020, which Attanasio also pointed out should be proof positive of his commitment to Milwaukee.

Oakland owner Lew Wolff joined Attanasio in giving a flat no when asked if he would take on the Dodgers. Wolff has been battling for over two years to move to San Jose, with the Giants resisting as is their right given S.F. holds territorial rights to San Jose. Although the deal is expected to eventually be pushed through by Selig, Wolff has grown frustrated by the endeavor.

That doesn't mean he plans to abandon the A's, though, as the Los Angeles Times reports.

"My focus is deep into getting us a new venue for the A's," Wolff said. "That's where my long term is."

There is one other name inside baseball that could end up with the Dodgers -- White Sox executive Dennis Gilbert tried and failed to get the Rangers last year and could cast his aspirations on the Dodgers. Given his stature in the game, Gilbert would likely find an easy road toward taking over L.A. and may have an investment group lined up, ready to go.

He'll have some competition as former All-Star Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey is throught to be trying to assemble a group. And of course, whenever there's a baseball team available for sale, one must bring up basketball owner Mark Cuban. Cuban didn't respond to an e-mail from the Times for a statement, but has expressed interest in the Dodgers previously. However, after losing out on the Rangers, Cuban said he would no longer participate as the active owner for purchasing a club; rather, he would have to be approached. It appears Cuban is growing frustrated with MLB's gambit to keep him out of the league after also falling short for the Cubs.

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:40 pm

Red Sox's Werner not interested in Dodgers

It's not just the Mets who could be on the auction block, but also the Dodgers. Should the Dodgers go up for sale, one person not interested is Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.

Werner, who splits time between Los Angeles and Boston, tells CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam that he's not interested in buying the Dodgers.

"I'm not interested in exploring that possibility," Warner said. "I'm having a great time in my role here."

Werner owned the Padres from 1990-94.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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