Posted on 22 October 2011 by Lou
It’s official – Tom Ricketts and the Cubs have hired Theo Epstein as their new President of Baseball Operations. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig convinced the teams to make the announcement on Tuesday (a World Series off day) and finalize the compensation to allow Epstein out of his last year as Red Sox GM at a later date. After aiming “high” by asking for Starlin Castro and then Matt Garza, and then asking the Cubs to take on the remaining 3 years of John Lackey’s $82.5 contract, the Red Sox agreed to settle for “minor league prospects” as compensation. The Red Sox and Cubs spent a week haggling over players until they agreed upon a process to select the players to be traded from the Cubs to the Red Sox to complete the deal. What is known is that the Cubs top 3 prospects – Brett Jackson, Trey McNutt and Matt Szczur will not be part of the deal.
The Cubs have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday to make the announcement. After the World Series ends, the Cubs will then announce that San Diego Padres GM Jed Hoyer will come to the Cubs to serve as GM under Epstein. Padres Assistant GM Jason McLeod – a top scout under Epstein and Hoyer with the Red Sox – will also re-unite with the duo in Chicago and serve as Assistant GM to Hoyer.
This is pretty incredible – the Cubs who have had one of the smallest baseball executive offices in all of baseball with GM Jim Hendry and Assistant GM Randy Bush will now become one of the premiere offices in all of baseball. These guys all have a proven track record, so let’s hope that they can get it done on the North Side in the next few years.
Good work Tom – let’s hope we see some immediate improvement over the next few seasons…
Posted on 20 October 2011 by Lou
The Cubs are set to hire Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations and then Jed Hoyer as General Manager. Supposedly all the details have been agreed upon and now it’s just a matter of waiting for a World Series off-day for the teams to publicly make the announce on Friday. Cash will not be part of the deal, but it looks like the Cubs will send one or more prospects to the Red Sox for the ability to hire Theo. The prospects till not be any of the Cubs top prospects – Brett Jackson, Trey McNutt or Matt Szczur.
The Cubs will not owe any compensation to the San Diego Padres to hire their GM away from San Diego. The Padres are ready to promote their senior VP of baseball operations Josh Byrnes into the role currently held by Hoyer.
Now it looks like Tom Ricketts got his main man and also pulled off another coup by landing Hoyer in the process as well. The two-headed Epstein-Hoyer monster is sure to make Cubs fans very very happy. I’m sure we’ll have a lot more to report on Friday morning – we’ll keep you posted…
Posted on 10 October 2011 by Lou
Trey McNutt continues to climb up the Cubs pitching ranks – let’s hope we see him soon at the MLB level. McNutt looks to be a steal as the 980th pick in the 2009 Draft – in the 32nd round. McNutt sported a nice 2.34 in his 1st 8 starts at Double-A Tennessee this season. But he injured his ribs in an in-game collision after tossing 7 shutout innings in a game on May 28th and after that, he never had the same “stuff” the rest of the way. The Cubs proceeded cautiously with McNutt and he finished the season with a 5-6 record and 4.55 ERA in 22 starts. He was named a mid-season All-Star of the Southern League and he will continue to pitch some this fall in the Arizona Fall League. He pitched 3 perfect innings in his 1st appearance for the Mesa Solar Sox on Friday, retiring all 9 batters that he faced.
McNutt had this to say about his roller-coaster ride of a season: “I started the season strong. I had the injury at the end of May that carried into the 1st week of June and it was hard for me to get going, to get sharp again. The second half, it just wasn’t a good half. I was trying to take something positive from it. The adversity was probably the best thing for me… I just have to get back on track, and that’s the reason I’m here.”
We’ll keep you posted with how other Cubs prospects are doing from time to time here at MyCubsToday.com…