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*Theo Epstein is leaving one terrible franchise for another
I guess him leaving Boston should come as no surprise since he is the guy that signed JD Drew, Crawford, and John Lackey. The luster was starting to wear off the “delicate genius”. He had to pay for those deals. But taking your talents to Wrigley? Whew, that is sort of a lot to digest. I mean, he had to make a move soon. You don’t want to end up like Billy Beane where after a few years, no one wants you anymore. Theo couldn’t really accomplish much more in Boston anyway. He won 2 f’n World Series in that town! He’d done enough. I sort of get the feeling, as the dysfunction of the 2011 Red Sox keeps trickling out (drinking beers during games!), Theo is right to get out of there now. By the way, the Red Sox are about to be a dumpster fire again because there is NO ONE out there that can compare to Francona and Theo. Eat shit, Jeff.
So why take the Cubs job? Clearly, he has an ego and believes that his magic touch can cure all. Maybe he’s right, I don’t know. If he were able to field a team that ended curses in both Boston and Chicago, holy shit, he would be God. Not a God, THEE God. And it’s not like Jim Hendry left big shoes to fill anyway…except for maybe his clown shoes that he’d worn everyday for years.
But the Cubs GM gig is an awful job. It really is. There are MAYBE 5 guys on the roster that you can build a successful team around. The dead weight on that team could (insert snappy analogy that currently escapes me). Other than Castro, there are zero prospects in the organization. I mean, seriously, have the Cubs put a dime into development over the past decade? Once they brought up Kerry Wood and Mark Prior it’s like they decided to call it quits. They are pretty much stuck with their roster until these god awful contracts run out. Mike Quade still needs to be fired, too (maybe hire Paul Konerko!). This franchise, even with good management now, is still going to SUCK for another 4 or 5 years. That is a fact. I would suggest for Cubs fans to be patient but what’s another 5 years when you’ve waited 103 (and counting!) anyway? In conclusion, great hire…but still mountains of shit to blow up on the north side of town.
*Wait—what? The Reds are shopping Joey Votto?
This is one of the sad realizations in baseball: a small market team hits a home run in the draft, cultivates that guy into an MVP, but ultimately can’t afford him beyond his rookie contract. It sucks, but that’s life. Votto is due for a massive pay raise soon (18-20 mill per year) but the Reds can’t do that with their 75-80 million budget. It makes no sense for them financially but at least they have that Alonso guy coming up as a replacement. Buster Olney (who I love by the way) doesn’t say that the Reds are actively seeking trade partners, but they are listening to those that call. Interesting. It’s not everyday when a guy with that kind of talent comes available. I heard Buster say that the Yankees are interested in him as a RF. WTF? You know though, there isn’t that much room out there in right and with Posada’s 10 mill coming off the books and possibly not picking up Swish’s option, there’s your Votto money/extension. The Reds would probably want Montero, Banuelos, and Nova though. I don’t think so, Tim. I’m one of the few Yankees fans out there that wants us to stop spending money and start developing the next CORE FOUR. But here are a few destinations where I think Votto could land along with trade scenarios:
Anaheim: Ervin Santana, Mike Trout, etc.
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner, Jonathan Sanchez, and Brandon Belt
Washington: They have an assload of sick prospects…maybe something based around Drew Storen
Toronto: Ricky Romero and Brett Lawrie, etc.
I think the Jays deal is almost too perfect. Joey is Canadian. The Jays have a ton of money to spend in a 4th largest market. Lawrie is going to be a stud 3B and thus makes Rolen expendable. Votto and Bautista back-to-back would be a goddamn nightmare. Romero and Cueto is a pretty nasty young front end of the rotation (could go toe-to-toe with Carpenter/Wainwright). Tell me how this doesn’t make sense, I dare you! Yeah, that about covers it for today. If you want to talk about either series, fire away. I don’t particularly give a shit. I just wanted to hit a few relatively huge stories in the world of baseball.
By the way, Hulk Hogan was on The Herd yesterday (for some reason) and called the host “Colin Cowhead”. Still a legend…