Six weeks of confusion will apparently come to an end this afternoon.
The Red Sox will hold a press conference at Fenway Park today at 3:30 p.m. to make an announcement about the restructuring of their baseball operations department. It is expected that Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer will be named co-GMs, with Theo Epstein possibly returning to advise them.
NESN will broadcast the press conference live. Check back shortly after 3:30 for complete details.
Will Epstein be part of today’s announcement? We’ll find out soon enough, but ESPN’s Peter Gammons reported that the Sox will leave Epstein out of today’s press conference.
That arrangement will be worked out in time, Gammons reported.
For the last few days, several media outlets have reported that the Sox were working to bring back Epstein in an advisory position, and speculated as to how the balance of power would work. Some highlights …
From Saturday’s Boston Globe:
From today’s New York Times:
Was he saying that the door had been left ajar for Epstein to return? “We haven’t replaced him yet and he hasn’t taken a position yet, so by definition it’s been left ajar,” Lucchino said.
Lucchino, in a telephone interview, initially did not want to talk about his position, but when he was asked if it would change, he said, “I don’t believe there will be any material changes in my responsibilities.”
John Henry, the principal owner, was more direct. “People currently speculating about a reduced role for Larry Lucchino don’t know what they are talking about,” Henry said in an e-mail response to my question. “It’s absurd.”