According to multiple sources, Theo Epstein is close to becoming the next General Manager for the Chicago Cubs. Imagine having that on your resume: Boston Red Sox General Manager (2002-2011), Chicago Cubs General Manager (2011-present). That would be pretty darn impressive and easily the most impressive GM resume in baseball to me other than Billy Beane’s resume. But anyway on to the story.
Two baseball sources reported that Theo Epstein, the current Red Sox GM is close to becoming the new General Manager of the Chicago Cubs pending negotiations between the two teams. “It’s likely he’s going to go but nothing has been finalized,” a Red Sox official with direct knowledge of the negotiations told ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes. This would be a huge blow to Boston as they would be entering the offseason with no Manager, no General Manager, and right on the heels of one of the worst late season collapses in baseball history. It is also reported that if a deal were to be reached, Boston would receive cash and or prospects but no major leaguers in return.
It is also important to take note that if this deal fell through and the Cubs had to look elsewhere for a new GM,Epstein has only one more year on his contract in Boston. Maybe this will create the opportunity for Brian Cashman to ditch the Yankees and move on over to Chicago?
Also, if Epstein were to leave it would not be his first time leaving since 2002. In 2005 he left for a short three month span and was replaced by his apparent heir, Ben Cherington, and current Padres General Manager Jed Hoyer. I think it is about time for Epstein to split town for good. After the recent debacle with Francona and no playoff appearance after a huge offseason which brought Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to town, it is time for the front office of the Red Sox to be renovated. New leadership needs to come into Boston before the Red Sox’s train completely falls off track and another curse strikes Fenway.
UPDATE (10/12) – Theo Epstein has agreed to a 5 year/$20MM dollar deal with the Cubs.
UPDATE (10/13) – Ben Cherington has been named the next Red Sox GM pending compensation from the Cubs.
On the other end of Chicago, the White Sox rein supreme. However even though they unveiled their new manager Robin Ventura today I think their GM should be nearing the end of his White Sox days. “At the same time, general manager Kenny Williams revealed that Ventura wasn’t the only surprise name on his wish list. He also considered, albeit briefly, making Paul Konerko a player-manager.” ESPN Chicago
This is so stunning that Kenny Williams needs to be fired before he trades the whole team to Florida for Ozzie Guillen.
A PLAYER MANAGER? Are you kidding me Kenny? No player has also been a manager at the same time since Pete Rose was for the Reds back in 1984. During that season he led his team to a sub .500 record and proved why player managers don’t work, especially in baseball.
During a baseball game, a player has to concentrate on every play of the game because it affects what they are supposed to do. Whether it is a pop fly to right field or a grounder to short a player always has to know what is going on. Especially if it is a starter such as Paul Konerko. When Paul Konerko is playing first and a ground ball is hit to him he can’t simultaneously think about if he needs to bring in a reliever. When he steps up to the plate, he can’t think about if he wants to pinch hit for whoever is on deck.
A player manager in baseball is almost as unreasonable as stealing home with nobody out and the bases loaded. The next general manager who even toys around with this idea like Williams did should be out of his job before he finishes his thought and runs his team straight into the ground.