Olney: Would Cubs target Epstein?

August, 24, 2011

In his blog Wednesday morning (Insider access) and in the video above, Buster Olney looks at the Cubs general manager job. He says that the Cubs could go after a big name and mentions Brian Cashman, Andrew Friedman, Billy Beane and Pat Gillick. He also looks at the possibility that the Cubs would go after Theo Epstein.

And here's another big name to keep in mind: Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Red Sox.

In years past, some friends say, Epstein has talked about the Cubs' organization as a place with extraordinary growth potential, and as a unique challenge. When Epstein took over the Red Sox, Boston had more than eight decades of frustration, before it finally won the World Series in 2004.

Keep in mind that Epstein has carved out a strong position under Red Sox owners Henry and Tom Werner, and friends say he has a deep loyalty to the Boston organization -- and keep in mind that Boston is his hometown, and that Epstein is in the middle of his current contract.

But that would not preclude the Cubs from calling the Red Sox and asking whether they could talk to Epstein, presumably with the potential offer of some kind of promotion, such as a club presidency with oversight of baseball operations. There's no telling how Henry would react, or how Ricketts would handle that situation, or what Epstein would want, until those conversations take place.

Click HERE to read the rest of Olney’s blog.



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