Tag:Larry Lucchino
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: February 22, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Red Sox won't let Gonzalez get away

When the Red Sox traded several prospects for one of baseball's top sluggers in early December, there was little doubt they would cough up the big bucks necessary to lock him up long term. After all, Adrian Gonzalez is going to be a free agent after the 2011 season.

Still, it can't hurt for Red Sox Nation to hear the words directly from team president Larry Lucchino's mouth .

On a radio show in the Boston area, Lucchino told the hosts, "We're not going to let [Gonzalez] get away, we're going to get him signed for sure."

Gonzalez is set to make $6.3 million this season. In the unlikely event he does become a free agent, he'll join fellow slugging first basemen Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols on the market.

There have been reports of a $154 million deal in place to retain Gonzalez long term, but nothing has been officially inked just yet.

In Gonzalez, the Red Sox have a first baseman that does pretty much everything well. He draws walks, he hits home runs, he drives in runs, he scores runs and he has won two Gold Gloves. He's also durable, having played at least 156 games every season as a full-timer and at least 160 the past four seasons.

In 2010, Gonzalez hit .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and 101 RBI, this with a lackluster supporting cast and playing in the cavernous Petco Park in San Diego for half his games. A move to the tough AL East should easily be mitigated by playing in a much more hitter-friendly park and having the kind of lineup protection he's never had at the big league level.

-- Matt Snyder

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 10:35 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 11:09 pm
 

Red Sox willing to spend above luxury tax

Larry Lucchino Rest easy, Red Sox fans.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino appeared on WEEI Wednesday to assuage fears that Boston would have no room to add payroll at the trade deadline after league officials informed the team they had, in fact, crossed past the luxury tax threshold.

"We are at the bottom end of the tax threshold," Luchhino said. "We’re not at the highest tax rate. We’re at the lowest tax rate."

The Red Sox will be taxed 22.5 percent per dollar over the luxury tax, while the Yankees are taxed at 40 percent. Due to the news, reports have surfaced that the Red Sox would be unable to add payroll at the deadline. Not true.

"I know what our financial plans are, and [the perception the Red Sox cannot spend] is not true," Lucchino stated. "We have money set aside to acquire talent if we can find it, but having said that this is not a promise or a prediction that a trade will happen. We’re not going to do something just to keep our record alive by making deals on July 31."

The Red Sox stand to transform the face of their roster once all its injured players return as they have begun doing so. Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie joined the team Wednesday, Thursday will bring Jeremy Hermida and Friday Josh Beckett. Victor Martinez is en route inside of two weeks and Jacoby Ellsbury figures to eventually make it back.

The Red Sox have hit the skids lately and fall farther and farther behind New York and Tampa, respectively, for the division and wild card lead. The team is most aggressively seeking relief pitching but is also handicapped by its returning players -- who knows, for example, when Ellsbury will return? If it's not until mid-September, Boston would undoubtedly look for a solid outfielder to import.

In fact, the Red Sox have been linked to David DeJesus for a while now, and the Royals dispatched a scout to watch a Red Sox minor-league affiliate, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Dejesus is under contract through 2011 and would represent quite the upgrade over the motley crew Boston has run out as of late.

But there's too much uncertainty to say.

Whatever the deal, it will have to make sense.

"Theo [Epstein] parts with prospects less willingly than he would part with his first-born," quipped Lucchino.

-- Evan Brunell

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