The next several days and weeks figure to be anything but boring for the Chicago Cubs. After Theo Epstein is introduced as the Cubs President of Baseball Operations on Tuesday, Epstein is expected to name Jed Hoyer his GM. Hoyer figures to be officially announced after the conclusion of the World Series.
Along with Jed Hoyer, the Cubs are expected to bring in Jason McLeod and possibly Brian O’Halloran. A majority of the changes and additions to the Cubs front office should take place over the next seven days … then it is time to address the managerial position, the coaching staff, Major and Minor League free agents and the 40-man roster. To say Epstein has to hit the ground running would be an understatement.
- According to multiple reports, Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington have 10 days to work out Boston’s compensation package. CBS Sports reported if the two sides cannot agree on the compensation in a timely manner then Bud Selig will step in and serve as an arbiter.
- The Boston Globe reported Saturday afternoon that Epstein left Boston for a “better job so the compensation isn’t going to be something outrageous”. According to the Globe, the Red Sox “will likely get two or three prospects or a prospect and a guy like Jeff Baker.” The Red Sox are expecting to receive helpful players “but not a windfall of talent.”
- According to multiple reports, the Padres will receive a low-level minor league player as compensation for Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod.
- Speaking of Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod, they will be leaving the Padres farm system in much better shape than they found it. The Padres not only had an outstanding draft last June but they also added five solid pieces in the Adrian Gonzalez and Mike Adams deals. The Padres’ system ranked 29th back in 2009 and Jim Callis (Baseball America) thinks San Diego could have a top five system less than three years later.
- Crane Kenney will reportedly have a new title … President of Business Operations for the Chicago Cubs. Kenney will reportedly no longer have a say on baseball decisions. Theo Epstein will report directly to Tom Ricketts.
- The Tribune took a look at how the Cubs’ front office appears to be constructed as the last full week of October begins. The Tribune, like most, feel it is a matter of time before Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are officially on board.
Ryan Dempster on Talkin’ Baseball
Ryan Dempster joined Bruce Levine and Jonathan Hood at the top of the third and final hour of Saturday’s Talkin’ Baseball (ESPN 1000). Ryan Dempster was very frank during the entire interview and said it is not a given that he is just going to pick up his 2012 option.
Dempster began the interview by saying he was so glad that Theo Epstein is now the President of Baseball Operations for the Cubs that he went out and bought fried chicken and video games to celebrate. Dempster was obviously joking and after a quick laugh said he thought the Cubs could get better really fast.
When asked about what he would tell Epstein about being with the Cubs, Dempster thinks by now Theo knows plenty or he would not be taking the job.
Jonathan Hood asked what he thought of his performance last season. Dempster quickly answered, “Honest answer, I was terrible.” Dempster added that April was the worst month of his career and he took his share of the responsibility for the horrible season.
“For some reason or another, I just found a way to give up four or five runs every game. I scratched and clawed the whole way to try and make it respectable at the end of the year, but I think that was a big reason why we didn’t succeed the way we did. I mean, obviously, we had guys out, but your team starts with your starting pitching. I just had a subpar year and I’m gonna go out there and bust my tail this winter. And I’m gonna … do the best I can to go out there and have a better year next year. “
Dempster plans to meet with Theo Epstein to discuss the direction of the team before deciding to pick up his option. Dempster said he’s never played the game for money that it is just a byproduct of what he does. Dempster said the goal is to win and to win as a team. Dempster would like to see if the Cubs plan on going younger or in a different direction and that picking up his option is just not as easy as it seems. Dempster loves being a Cub, playing in Chicago and would like to finish his career with the Cubs.
And last but not least … Theo Epstein has taken out a full-page ad in Sunday’s Boston Globe saluting Red Sox nation.
Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.
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