Francona No Longer a Candidate for Cubs Job

According to a report from Comcast SportsNet New England, Terry Francona will not manage the Chicago Cubs in 2012 and may explore broadcasting opportunities for next season. Francona said he thinks he needs a little time away “to step back and re-energize.”

Francona said he has spoken with Theo Epstein numerous times and both know each other well enough where they can be honest with one another. Francona said he does not think the Cubs’ job is the right opportunity for him at this time.

Terry Francona acknowledged he was excited about managing again after interviewing for the Cardinals’ job. But since the interview he took a step back and realized he probably needed a break.

Francona did not rule out managing or being on a big league coaching staff for next season but said he could really use time away from the game.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hoyer and Epstein have promised an “update” later tonight … I will post the news, if any.

    • John_CC

      I know what I’m doing the rest of the night…at least in MST I’ve got an hour on you guys in the Central time zone.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to the Sun-Times, Cubs manager process nears finish. Ricketts has met with team’s choice.

    • Rbmercer

      Do you think we will know some time tonight?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I am hearing yes and no.

        • John_CC

          So what does that mean? Yes or No?  I think Francona is still a possibility!

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Sorry John, I am seeing speculation that the name of the manager could be made public and also seeing it could be tomorrow, Friday or early next week. Lots of “info” out there, not much accurate or reliable.

          • John_CC

            I was just mocking the “info sources”, Neil, not you.  I thought my sarcastic Francona remark would be more obvious.

            These guys are having a long dinner!

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            No worries … I did not take your comment as mocking. When I read my response, I agreed and felt I should expand. And yes, a very long dinner.

    • diehardcubfan

      My money is on Mike Maddux but you never know.

      • Anthony

        If Ricketts in MILW, then Sveum, if in CHITOWN, then Sandy or Maddux

        Pullin for Sandy, but if he stays with the Tribe, OK, a fan there first and still am, sorta?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Tom Ricketts is in Milwaukee for the owners’ meetings

          • Anthony

            Either way, the Manager ain’t doing the hittin or pitching.

            Best wishes for all the up and coming kids/prospects looking for that break needed to display their talents and efforts.

            Extra wishes for a select few I follow more closely

  • matthew8510

    and that is dale

  • diehardcubfan

    The Cubs just need to say NO to Bruce Chen.  His high is 155 innings and we need some starters that can go deep in games and start at least 30+ games a year. 

    Chen is not the answer to the teams starting woes.  Better off going after Edwin Jackson besides Buerhle.

    • Tony_Hall

      Actually, they just need to refrain from saying yes.

  • Bo

    I love an Edwin Jackson addition. He has great stuff. I love mark B but his age scares me. He is due a break down. He will command a multi year deal and I think that will be a waste of money for the next two years.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Edwin Jackson is as inconsistent and unstable as water. Shutout one week, get shelled next week. And you never know what Jackson is going to show up. 

      Still, I want him as our #5 starter.

      • paulcatanese

        Sounds like we looked at a lot of that last year Rip, so we should be used to it.:)

      • John_CC

        Agreed! I’d rather have the crafty lefty in Buerhle with his years.  Jackson may still put it all together, he is definitely young enough…but man he is frustrating.

  • Aaron

    My money is on the Cubs choosing Sveum, and then it being up to him for Cubs vs Red Sox. With the news he has a home in AZ, which would align with the Cubs’ Spring Training versus the Red Sox, who are located in FL for Spring Training….it would appear the Cubs would have a leg up in that decision.

    I don’t even believe Sveum is the Cubs’ top choice. I believe the top choice is Maddux, but the Cubs don’t want to be left on their knees with a proposal, and have their bride walk way…so-to-speak. Since the Cubs already had a discussion with Maddux this week, and reportedly none of their concerns were answered (ie.-he finally figured out his family situation), then there’s almost no chance they take the risk.

    My bet is on them offering Sveum the position. If Sveum turns them down, then it’s either going to be Hale (because of familiarity with him) or secondarily, Alomar.

    Personally, Maddux is also my top choice, and I wouldn’t go near Mackanin, Hale, or Alomar. I wouldn’t go near Mackanin, because I think he just says what they want to hear, rather than truly having his own style. I am on the fence regarding Hale…I just don’t know much about him. As for Alomar, he was NEVER considered a leader or outspoken, etc. on any of his teams. That role belonged to his brother Robbie. If you look at successful catchers-turned managers, they are often the more fiery guys like Scioscia and Girardi. Additionally, the teams he’s been a coach on have been dreadful, so that’s another knock on him. At least Mackanin and Hale have coached on successful teams.

    I also hope the Cubs sign Soler over Cespedes if they’re going for those two. The most ideal thing to happen is the Cubs sign Soler (for the future), AND Cespedes (for the present)….but that’s obviously not likely. Additionally, I’d say it’d be ideal if they landed Darvish, Broxton, and Edwin Jackson, and pursued trades for young guys like Morrison, BJ Upton, etc.

    • studio179

      I agree with you about Maddux and that situation and about Sveum. I will guess it is Sveum as well. I also totally agree on Soler and Cespedes. Between the two, I hope they target Soler for the future.   

    • Dorasaga

      Aaron, I just want to say it’s an interesting perspective of the necessary character for a catcher to turn managing. Quite a food of thought. And I’m hungry. :)

      All praise and done, I am not into Darvish, not even a bit. Like I said earlier, he’s overused, overpriced, and he never said he wants to come and cross the dreadful Pacific:
      http://chicagocubsonline.com/archives/2011/11/cubsnewsrumors_18.php#comment-365006061

      Those are all speculation. He has a great career in Japan, and he might be satisfied, unlike other available pitchers like Iwakuma and Wada, who had repeatedly expressed their desire to come and play. That’s the difference in character. They have the passion to succeed in Major League, to say the least.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Comcast SportsNet: Hoyer says there are no surprise candidates in Cubs search

  • Anthony

    GUESS

    Sveum to Boston, Alomar Jr. or Maddux to CHIC

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Larry Lucchino is telling the Boston media the Sox could widen their managerial search

    • Aaron

      Okay….this is pretty much code for, “we know we’re losing Sveum to the Cubs”.

      Am I wrong?

      • cubtex

        That is my guess too

        • Anthony

          or lucky lucciano is having a stromboli momemnt……………lol

        • paulcatanese

          At least now I can go to the bathroom.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Could be … but you know me Aaron, I am not assuming anything at this point.

      • MikeT_2008

        It’s looking like that’s the case

  • Ripsnorter1

    Not much on the starting pitcher market these days. 

    Buhrele: Mark Buehrle, LHP: Buehrle is the safest, most predictable arm on the market this winter, without any upside but with a lengthy track record of performance and durability. He has thrown more than 200 innings and made at least 30 starts in 11 straight seasons. The last year in which he walked more than 50 batters unintentionally was 2003. His fastball is below-average, but he throws a very effective cutter and a deceptive changeup to keep hitters off the fastball. He’s not an ace or even a No. 2, but in front of a decent defense he’ll be an effective innings-eater in the middle of a rotation.
    How do you like that below average fastball for $13-14 million per–and Jim Bowden says he’ll net at least $16 million?

    • cubtex

      Supposedly 13 teams are in on Buerhly so he probably will get 14 mil for 4 or 5 years. I don’t think I would touch that for that much money and years.

      • studio179

        Wow, 13 teams. Let’s see how many of those teams are serious as the offseason moves on. I’m sure the usual suspects will be in on him as well as the new, free spending Marlins. I was guessing he might end up too expensive for where the Cubs are at right now. I would not go that many years on Buehrle. You are right, though. He will probably get 4-5 years.

        Supposedly, Fielder said he will not touch a contract under 10/200.

  • Bo

    Sveum is defiantly Boston’s top choice. They have announced that they may widen search. Ricketts has met with our top choice on the same day. Sounds like to me we stole Theo and Sveum.

    • John G

      Compensation issue just got stickier, if that’s the case.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nick
    Cafardo: Sox have informed Pete Mackanin he is no
    longer in running for job.

    • Ry_Wals

      After they name Sveum as manager how long until they sign Fielder?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Dale Sveum? He’s got a grand total of 17 games experience. Furthermore, the Brewers, after giving  him those 17  games, threw him in the junk pile. 

    So what does Theo see that they didn’t?

    • studio179

      Good question. The Brewers GM told the media he had nothing against Sveum, but does not believe in keeping temp managers around full time…no matter who is the interim manager. That is what he said. 

      They keep saying Sveum is respected by players. Maddux was my first choice, but I am guessing Sveum gets it.  

  • Bothevolfan

    Sometimes you gotta trust the guys we have paid big time to get. I personally wanted Maddox, Dave Martinez in that order. But hey, I am a teacher so Theo has got to be smarter than me.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dale Sveum has been offered the Cubs job.

    • Jay from sandwich

      Disappointed but typical for team theo and Boston central or do I mean Chicago! So let’s hire another boston cast off instead of a sanberg or even a Maddox the more I see team theo inaction the more it reminds me of hendry.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Mike Maddux removed his name from consideration due to family concerns.

    • John G

      Has he accepted it?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        No he has not and Hoyer is not commenting on the talks

    • studio179

      Curious, was he your guess?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Yes he was

        • studio179

          Good call. I had him going to Boston.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nick Cafardo: Cherington and Epstein have decided to
    take more time to settle compensation issue. MLB seems to be on board with
    extention.

    • studio179

      I wonder if landing Sveum just cost the Cubs a bit more. 

      • studio179

        I guess I should wait a bit. He was offered the job, not accepted yet.

  • BD

    Just a question…if Dale Sveum is such a respected baseball man and wanted by all these teams… Why was he passed over by the Brewers after being named the interim manager of the Brewers in 2008 for Ken Macha and then again when they hired last Ron Roenicke off season? This may have been discussed in previous post but I just don’t know why all of a sudden this guy is such a hot commodity?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Here is what Doug Melvin recently said about why Sveum was not offered the Brewers’ job.

      http://muskat.mlblogs.com/2011/11/15/1114-melvin-on-sveum-maddux/

    • studio179

      Melvin claims he does not like keeping interim managers no matter who they are or not. Sveum was just there to end a season. Melvin claims he had no issues with Sveum. Sounded odd to me. I am not saying you pull a Hendry and throw the job at your buddy Quade for a decent September, but the guy should at least get some consideration if you like him. Oh well, Maddux was my choice. It looks like the Cubs did not want to wait too long just to be told ‘no thanks’ by Maddux. 

      • daverj

        At this point, I’m going to give Epstein the benefit of the doubt and Sveum a chance.

        • studio179

          Me, too. Let’s see if he accepts.

          • paulcatanese

            Well if he dosent accept, the Cubs will look a little foolish, how do they tell the next person in line they wanted him all along?

        • Brp921

          Things have not gone as I would have hoped through this whole process, but like you I’m going to hang on and see what happens. I’ve got to admit that I find myself much more excited about next year and the future of this organization than I was a few months ago

  • John G

    Well so much for Bruce Levine’s credibility.

    “Levine thinks that Terry Francona could be the favorite to land the Cubs’ job … but Mike Maddux and Sandy Alomar, Jr. may be the front-runners with Francona being a wild card.”

    He must have gotten his “inside” information from Crane Kenney.