Re: Compensation for Theo
posted at 10/15/2011 2:05 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Compensation for Theo
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Compensation for Theo : I think you are WAY over estimating Epstein's value to the Cubs. They might well see him as an excellent GM and one they surely want but that does eliminate the possibility that they have other candidates on their radar. I'm sure it occurred to them that Epstein night not be an option as he's under contract to the RS until next year. The idea that the Cubs are going to give up a good pitcher and eat bad contracts is naive at best. At some point the Cubs may well go in a different direction. They can't go much further into the off season without a GM in place. If they pull the plug on Epstein, then what? The RS bring Epstein back as GM? Not likely. Most likely they'll pay him for the year, which they certainly can afford, but they'll look foolish over playing their hand. They are risking doing yet more harm to the RS reputation for little or no gain. Frankly that comes across as a bit petty and retaliatory. They will be seen as rich guys with more money than baseball sense. Which is in fact what they are. The worse part of all this is that there really doesn't need to be a villain here. For whatever reason, Epstein doesn't think working for the RS is a good idea. Then let him move on so the RS can move on. All this talk of holding up the deal and making the Cubs do anything is more about retribution than good baseball business sense. The longer this goes on the harder it will be on the Cubs, .. to a point. But, the longer this goes on the worse the RS look.
Posted by heobrien[/QUOTE]I agree that the Cubs aren't going to eat bad contracts or give up a quality MLB player.
But you are wrong as can be about just letting the Cubs have Epstein. Yes there are probably a lot of assistant GMs out there who can do a really solid job and for less $$$ than Epstein will cost.
But IMO Epstein has attraction to the Cubs for a few reasons. Epstein is a brand and a brand the hapless Cubs can use. The brand and the facts may not perfectly align but he is the man who ended The Curse of the Bambino. And then of course as a rule the GM is likely to be able to pull more associates with him to his new destination. So when you get an established GM and make him President, he has more titles to pass around and the brain injection factor into your operation improves.
Now if Ozzie Gullien who is a loose cannon and a field manager is worthy of two prospects in exchange for his release, then a GM with Epstein's brand is at least worth the same.
What I am about to say I do not say because I am a RS fan because I just posted in another thread recently that the Rangers should have been taken to the woodshed for the leak that came out of their organization that they would be in on CC Sabathia if he opted out.
The Cubs did not operate at the highest ethical level in all of this. Leaking that they wanted Epstein to be their next President at the end of the year with two months left in the season was wrong.
Now they should not have to "pay" extra for that but the Guillen gives precedent for them not just writing a check and moving on with Epstein and whatever percentage of his staff he can draw to the Cubs.