October 31, 2005

I'M TANNED, RESTED AND READY

Epstein, Sox can't reach new deal: After three years, general manager decides to leave (Ian Browne, MLB.com, 10/31/05)

Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Red Sox for the past three years, has decided to leave the organization instead of accepting a new contract.

"The Boston Red Sox and Theo Epstein today announced that the senior vice president/general manager has declined the club's offer to extend his contract for future years and thus will step down from his post," the club said in a statement. "Epstein will continue, however, to work with the organization for several days to assist in an orderly transition and to prepare further for the upcoming GM meetings and other off-season activities."

Epstein's contract expires at midnight, meaning he will then be free to work with any team in the Major Leagues. There are currently general manager vacancies with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

I thought Cashman was supposed to leave and Theo was supposed to stay.

Posted by David Cohen at October 31, 2005 9:24 PM
Comments

Is he going to San Francisco?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 31, 2005 9:54 PM

If Epstein goes to the Dodgers after he ends negotiations with the Red Sox two days after L.A. out of the blue fires Paul DePodesta as their GM in the middle of his search for a manager, I can see the Sox looking at filing some type of tampering charge against the Dodgers.

Posted by: John at October 31, 2005 10:35 PM

John - perhaps. But here in Boston the feeling is the management played hardball with Theo and he walked. Also there were some unflattering columns about Theo in the Boston Globe (which partially owns the BoSox) which many interpret as being planted by the BoSox management. Theo did a good job and this is probably another sign the '04 Series win was a fluke and the BoSox are back to their inept ways.

Posted by: AWW at October 31, 2005 11:08 PM

The Dodgers owner, Frank McCourt, is from Boston and has told the press in LA that he remains a Sox fan.

Posted by: Foos at November 1, 2005 12:15 AM

CUBBIES! CUBBIES! CUBBIES!

Pay the man, bring him here, subway series.

And America will take a holiday to watch the cubbies.

National holiday when they finally win it.

"When you gotta go, you gotta go." Mike Royko.

Posted by: Sandy P at November 1, 2005 9:32 AM

John - You don't need to tamper. Just fire your GM and Theo's smart enough to read between the lines.

Posted by: pj at November 1, 2005 10:20 AM
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