Found October 30, 2011 on Friarhood:
Weeks of rumor finally came to fruition last week when Theo Epstein officially agreed to join the Chicago Cubs as President of Baseball Operations. Unfortunately for the Padres, Epstein managed to convince Padres GM Jed Hoyer, and his assistant in San Diego, Jason McLeod, to join him in the windy city. Owner Jeff Moorad quickly moved to replace Hoyer with Josh Byrnes, his former GM in Arizona where Moorad held the title of CEO and General Partner of the Diamondbacks. Byrnes joined the Friars last December after being fired as GM in Arizona.   Not surprisingly, some Padres fans feel Hoyer abandoned the team; that he took the first opportunity to leave a small-market like San Diego for the riches of Chicago. It’s almost as if he turned his back on the challenge of turning the Padres into a perennial contender, as he had repeatedly said was his goal, in order to take a job with his mentor for a club that doesn’t have the financial restraints San Diego does. On the surface it does loo...

Cubs Introduce Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod

Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod were officially welcomed to Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Newly-minted president of baseball operations Theo Epstein introduced Hoyer as the Cubs new executive vice president and general manager and McLeod as senior vice president of scouting and player development. "In order to have success in this game, the foundation has to be in scouting and player...

Rebuilding Cubs introduce Jed Hoyer as new GM

Jed Hoyer was introduced as the Chicago Cubs new general manager, joining Theo Epstein in a partnership that they hope can bring a World Series championship to a team without one since 1908.

Cubs introduce GM Hoyer, scouting boss McLeod

The Chicago Cubs continued their overhaul of the front office on Tuesday when new president of baseball operations introduced Jed Hoyer as general manager and Jason McLeod as senior vice president/scouting and player development.

Cubs introduce Hoyer, McLeod at Wrigley

Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod joined Theo Epstein in the Cubs' front office as the general manager and scouting and player development director, respectively. The two were formally introduced Tuesday at a news conference at Wrigley Field.

Aramis Ramirez Opt Out Good for Cubs

One of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer's first decisions leading the Chicago Cubs was picking up the one year option for Aramis Ramirez, the Cubs third baseman for the past nine years. The option was for over $16 million. And thus it was surprising when the Cubs did indeed pick up that option. Fangraphs did peg Ramirez's worth in the field at $16.2 million for his 2011 campaign...

Not So Fast, Cubs Fans

Theo Epstein finally had a press conference today as General Manager of the maligned Chicago Cubs. Immediately, Cubs fans all over the country were scouring the internet trying to find a 2012 World Series champs t-shirt. No, not really. But I wouldn't have been surprised either.Who knows if Theo The Great will turn around the Cubbies? Just a brief view of their last few years...

Free agency might open several holes for Cubs

Before Theo Epstein moved into his new Wrigley Field office, he was studying the Cubs' roster. He knew he'd have to hit the ground running now that he's the team's president of baseball operations. He's got a lot of work to do.

Cubs fans want to believe Theo is savior

(Eds: With AP Photos. Also moved in advance.) By DON BABWIN Associated Press To the list of the most famous figures in the long history of the Chicago Cubs - which to date include a beer-loving announcer best known for bellowing ''Take Me Out To The Ballgame,'' a goat that wasn't allowed into a game and a fan who bobbled a foul ball - we now can add the name Theo...

Epstein compensation unresolved at deadline

Boston general manager Ben Cherington said he and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein are "comfortable" with Commissioner Bud Selig deciding compensation over Epstein's departure from the Red Sox.

Offseason Outlook: Boston Red Sox

Longtime GM Theo Epstein is gone and recently-appointed replacement Ben Cherington will try leading the Red Sox to their first playoff appearance since 2009 by improving the pitching staff and tinkering with the offense. Guaranteed Contracts Adrian Gonzalez, 1B: $148MM through 2018  Carl Crawford, OF: $122MM through 2017  Josh Beckett, SP: $51MM through 2014  John...

Selig believes Cubs-Red Sox dispute will come to him

Clubs have till Nov. 1 to resolve compensation for Epstein on their ownST. LOUIS — The Cubs and Red Sox have until Tuesday to agree on Theo Epstein compensation, but Commissioner Bud Selig doubts the sides can close the deal.

Bud Selig believes Cubs-Red Sox dispute will come to him

ST. LOUIS - The Cubs and Red Sox have until Tuesday to agree on Theo Epstein compensation, but Commissioner Bud...
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