Theo Epstein and the Chicago
The Cubs, who parted ways with GM Jim Hendry earlier this season, met with Epstein twice. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts spoke with Epstein last week, and team president Crane Kenney met him in Chicago last weekend.
Because Epstein has one year left on his deal in Boston, the Red Sox will receive prospects and/or cash, but no major league players would be part of the deal, according to ESPN.com.
Epstein is believed to be obtaining a higher title with the Cubs that extends beyond the executive vice president/general manager role he had in nine years with the Red Sox.
The Cubs haven't won a World Series since beating the Detroit Tigers in 1908.
As of Oct. 12, field manager Mike Quade remained in limbo as the team worked to finalize Epstein's arrival.
"I really did vanish for a week, and then I've got 80 million texts and phone calls from people to get back to," Quade said during an MLB Network Radio interview. "Everyone assumes I'm in the loop and understand. Look, Tom was going to do this search and if in fact it's Theo, I know it was someone he was probably looking at first and foremost."
--Not much was expected of the Cubs this year, and they delivered in kind, with a record of 71-91. That was enough to get general manager Jim Hendry fired in August, and it might cost field manager Mike Quade his job, too.
What the Cubs learned was that they were woefully short of depth, particularly in starting pitching. Right-handers
The Cubs had to sign veteran retreads such as
The offense flashed power at times, with first baseman
While the starting pitching came up short, the bullpen performed generally well despite some monumental lapses in control and effectiveness by closer
Team owner Tom Ricketts says he wants his new GM to be more analytical from a statistical standpoint than was the old-school Hendry. The Cubs need to stress getting on base more. The new GM will have his work cut out in finding at least two solid starting pitchers and possible replacements at first base, third base and in the outfield.
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