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07:15 AM ET 10.02 | On the surface, Theo Epstein is still the guy expected to lead the Red Sox back from the 7-20 September that left them outside looking in at the playoffs. But sources with strong ties to the Red Sox organization indicated Saturday that it's possible Epstein could follow Terry Francona out of the organization. The Cubs' interest in him as a general manager, as well as Epstein's curiosity about life outside Boston, could force the issue. One person close to Epstein said Saturday that the 37-year-old Boston-area native is "very interested'' in the Cubs' opening.

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October 2, 2011  07:31 AM ET

Well, it's a good newspaper rumor, again.
It probably is time for Theo to move on; having to live with the Lackey and Crawford contracts being rubbed in his face for the next few years may be more than he wants to deal with.

October 2, 2011  08:10 AM ET

he won't win anything in chicago..and he won't ''build'' haha..if buying players is what you call building a team these days...good luck theo..you are and have always been overrrated.

October 2, 2011  08:13 AM ET

If he wants a challenge, why not go to a small market team without a $125,000,000 payroll?

October 2, 2011  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If he wants a challenge, why not go to a small market team without a $125,000,000 payroll?

Moare like $170 Million I believe

October 2, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Moare like $170 Million I believe

I meant the Cubs payroll if he were to go there

October 2, 2011  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I meant the Cubs payroll if he were to go there

If Theo can reverse the Cubs' curse, he will be forever the man. Move over Cashman, Theo performed two miracles in Beantown and the Chi.

October 2, 2011  09:33 AM ET

Look at the rats jump off of the burning ship.......

October 2, 2011  09:34 AM ET

Look out Red Sox fans, I think your owner is going to assert himself ( except at press conferences where the manager gets fired, ah let go, ah ah ah ).
Cannot wait to see who he brings in to manage that clubhouse of ego centered malcontents. That is what Francona did best, the next guy is in for a real treat.

October 2, 2011  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If Theo can reverse the Cubs' curse, he will be forever the man. Move over Cashman, Theo performed two miracles in Beantown and the Chi.

If he wants to bring them a World Series, he is going to have to clean house. They ain't winning with that roster

October 2, 2011  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If he wants a challenge, why not go to a small market team without a $125,000,000 payroll?

I for one believe Theo would be a better GM, with a small market team. He wouldn't win as much, but he would do a better job.

October 2, 2011  10:01 AM ET

They better decide who the manager and GM is soon. Lot of decisions to make. Papelbon is FA, does he even want to come back? Bard as a closer? hmmmm. Big Pappi hit only one home run in September, but who out there is better? This could get very interesting.

October 2, 2011  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

he won't win anything in chicago..and he won't ''build'' haha..if buying players is what you call building a team these days...good luck theo..you are and have always been overrrated.

Buying players, sound exactly like what Ruben Amaro has been doing in Philly.

October 2, 2011  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If Theo can reverse the Cubs' curse, he will be forever the man. Move over Cashman, Theo performed two miracles in Beantown and the Chi.

It will take 3 to 5 years to fix the mess that is known as the Chicago Cubs.

October 2, 2011  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

They better decide who the manager and GM is soon. Lot of decisions to make. Papelbon is FA, does he even want to come back? Bard as a closer? hmmmm. Big Pappi hit only one home run in September, but who out there is better? This could get very interesting.

Pappelbon is gone, they can't bring him back. His confidence has been destroyed in Boston. They can replace him with a FA, like Heath Bell? It may also be time to say goodbye to Papi. Clean house with all the older guys, Tek, Wake, Drew. See what Youk can bring you in a trade, if not enough make him the DH and find a temporary 3B till the Middlebrook kid is ready.

October 2, 2011  10:15 AM ET

**** Sweatsox !!!

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October 2, 2011  10:20 AM ET
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Buying players, sound exactly like what Ruben Amaro has been doing in Philly.

The Phillies have a core of players that they drafted and are starters. The key is getting the right guy and having the kind of coaching staff the Phillies have.

1B: Howard
2B: Utley
SS: Rollins
3B: Polanco (Signed Free Agent)
C: Ruiz (Rule 5 Draft Phillies)
RF: Pence (Trade Astros)
CF: Victorino (Rule 5 Draft Phillies)
LF: Ibanez (Sign Free Agent) or Mayberry
SP1: Halladay (Trade Blue Jays)
SP2: Lee (Signed Free Agent)
SP3: Hamels
SP4: Oswalt (Trade Astros)
CL: Madson

I would say that the Phillies management staff has done a great job in acquiring talent in any means possible. Most of this team has been drafted though.

October 2, 2011  10:40 AM ET
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I agree with everyone you mentioned but Pap.......he's fine.If anyone should know how gassed he was it would be him.

I love Pap, but bringing him back after all he's gone through in the last couple of years will be a mistake. He needs a fresh start in a new city.

October 2, 2011  10:53 AM ET
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The Phillies have a core of players that they drafted and are starters. The key is getting the right guy and having the kind of coaching staff the Phillies have.1B: Howard2B: UtleySS: Rollins3B: Polanco (Signed Free Agent)C: Ruiz (Rule 5 Draft Phillies)RF: Pence (Trade Astros)CF: Victorino (Rule 5 Draft Phillies)LF: Ibanez (Sign Free Agent) or MayberrySP1: Halladay (Trade Blue Jays)SP2: Lee (Signed Free Agent)SP3: HamelsSP4: Oswalt (Trade Astros)CL: MadsonI would say that the Phillies management staff has done a great job in acquiring talent in any means possible. Most of this team has been drafted though.

Don't kid yourself, the Phillies are a remarkable team because of their pitching, the vast majority of which, they bought.

 
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