How Theo Epstein Scared Josh Beckett Back In 2006

(AP Photo)Intriguing headline, is it not? Well, in the midst of an excellent recounting of the famous 2006 Doug Mirabelli (State Police Escort) Trade, an interesting side story emerged. As Tim Healy of The Hardball Times tells it, then-Sox GM Theo Epstein steeled himself to make the tough call to Josh Bard—telling him that he would be sent to San Diego in exchange for Mirabelli...
Via FenwayNation
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Are the Best Base-Running Team, Too

You know about the Cubs. It’s the team that entered Spring Training as the consensus World Series favorite. It’s the team with the already impressive collection of young stars who tacked on with a splashy offseason. It’s the team that already threw a no-hitter. The team with the potentially historic blend of discipline and power. Maybe you’re tired of hearing about the Cubs...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs are off to a near perfect start

Theo Epstein could not be happier with the way things have started for his Chicago Cubs in 2016. The Cubs are off to an 8-1 start going into the weekend series vs the Colorado Rockies, which could be a series that produces a lot of fireworks. So what has gone right for Chicago so far? The real question is what hasn’t gone right? The obvious answer is the loss of Kyle Schwarber...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' new clubhouse a sight to behold

Theo Epstein, Cubs' president of baseball operations, said that he felt like an interior designer in the years and months he spent seeking player input on the team's new 30,000-square-foot clubhouse. The result is a players' paradise three times larger than the old space.
16 days ago

PJ Higgins – Versatile Skills Make for Intriguing Prospect

In every draft of the Theo Epstein era, there has been at least one player selected who, in addition to having an awareness of the strike zone, has excellent bat-to-ball skills. In 2012, “that one guy” was Steven Bruno, who is now at AA Tennessee. In 2013, Will Remillard — who missed 2015 due to Tommy John surgery and is missing this season due to a second such procedure...
Via Cubs Insider
16 days ago

What a Theo Epstein contract extension might look like

When the Chicago Cubs first hired Theo Epstein in 2011, the cupboard was almost completely bare. Having just dealt for Matt Garza, which cost the Cubs a young pitcher named Chris Archer among other players, former GM Jim Hendry attempted to save his job at the expense of the farm system. Epstein knew of the long task ahead of him, and more importantly, of the opportunity that turning...
Via The Sports Quotient
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein Has Built A Monster, Again

Theo Epstein has a knack for breaking curses. After being hired as the Red Sox GM in late 2003 at age 28, the youngest in the history of baseball, he quickly overhauled the roster. In his first season he led the Red Sox to a World Series championship, their first title in 86 years. They eventually went on to win again in 2007 as Epstein had become a household name across Major League...
Via The Sports Quotient
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Chicago Cubs Are in Midseason Form

The first time in a long time the Chicago Cubs have started a Major League Baseball season at 2-0. They’re currently tied for second place in the National League Central Division with the Cincinnati Reds. But with the way their offense has been playing, they could easily be 3-0 after Thursday night’s game with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In their two-game series opener with the...
Via The Sports Journal
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Division Preview: The Chicago Cubs

Good Morning. Time For Division Preview Part Four: The Chicago Cubs Summary: Ahhh, the Cubbies. The team everybody seems to be picking not only to win the division, but to win the whole darn thing. Theo Epstein and Co. have certainly done a great job, assembling a lot of young talent, augmenting it some good [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
23 days ago

Theo Epstein contract extension gives Cubs fighting chance at history

The Chicago Cubs opened the 2016 season by making it look easy, dispatching Garret Richards and the Los Angeles Angels on their way to a 9-0 victory. It was a complete team effort, backed by Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta and an 11-hit effort by the offense. This is clearly a team on a mission to do something that hasn’t been seen in Chicago in well over a century; capture...
Via Today's Knuckleball
24 days ago

Cubs, Theo Epstein expected to reach contract extension

Reporting by Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune indicates that the Cubs are expected to reach an agreement with team president Theo Epstein on a contract extension shortly. Both Epstein and team chairman Tom Ricketts came off as very relaxed about the negotiation: “I’d imagine we’ll get it wrapped up at some point in the near future, but no deadline,” Chairman Tom Ricketts said...
Via Today's Knuckleball
24 days ago

Reports: Theo Epstein close to contract extension with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs believe they have the foundation for a long run of success. And the man primarily responsible for that is expected to be around to enjoy it.President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein is close to a long-term extension with the Cubs, according to multiple reports.Epstein, whose current contract expires after the 2016 season, could have a new deal in place by the...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Ricketts: Cubs moving closer to extension for Theo Epstein

Tom Ricketts said he doesn't have a deadline to get an extension done for Theo Epstein, but did note that a deal should get done in the near future.
Via CSN Chicago
25 days ago

Epstein has 'good, productive' extension talks

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said Monday he's talked to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein about a contract extension, and expected a conclusion soon, although both said there is no deadline for a new deal.
25 days ago

Theo Epstein's laser focus on Cubs winning the World Series

While he's not expected to have a new contract by first pitch of the season-opener, Cubs president Theo Epstein isn't thinking about anything but bringing a World Series title to the North Side.
Via CSN Chicago
26 days ago

Theo Epstein ready to make the big deal when Cubs need pitching

Cubs President of baseball operations Theo Epstein is ready to make the big deal when the Cubs need pitching before the trade deadline, but "it has to be the right opportunity."
Via CSN Chicago
27 days ago

Theo Epstein (Maybe?) Confirms Eight-Man Bullpen to Open Season

When it comes to the 162-game marathon of the MLB regular season, the only certainty is that there’s no such thing as certainty. As such, the roster the Cubs break camp with is going to be different from the one we see in May is going to be different from the one we see in July is going to be different from the one we see in late (fingers crossed while forking the evil eye to ward...
Via Cubs Insider
March 28, 2016

The Atlanta Braves and the Arms Race

John Coppolella’s theory (young arms) places him squarely on the opposite side of Theo Epstein (young bats). That doesn’t exactly break new ground, as you’ve probably noticed Coppy’s penchant for figuring out how to acquire every young power arm that’s appeared on any top-100 prospect list in the last three seasons (bonus points if they’ve […] The Atlanta Braves and...
Via Tomahawk Take
March 24, 2016

Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon react to Trump’s Cubs comments

Republican presidential nominee hopeful Donald Trump continued his long-running war of words with the owners of the Chicago Cubs this week by threatening to start running attack ads to criticize their performance in running the organization in response to a Ricketts family member helping fund an anti-Trump super political action committee. ‘‘Well, it means that I’ll start...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

It’s Time to Make Peace With Sammy Sosa

From where I sit, as a 24-year-old lifelong fan of the Cubs, there is relatively little to complain about regarding the Ricketts family’s ownership of the team. After arriving in 2009, they hired one of the best minds in baseball (Theo Epstein), then stood back as he masterfully executed a plan to stockpile young talent and build a […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Bernstein: Cubs’ Theo Epstein Chasing A Baseball Holy Grail

By Dan Bernstein– senior columnist (CBS) Quality starting pitching is onerously expensive, and it’s also unpredictably fragile. Reconciling those unfortunate facts is part of life in Major League Baseball, with teams resigned to spending years of bad money on big contracts while incurring all the risk. That doesn’t mean that everyone accepts the status quo, however...
Via CBS Chicago
March 10, 2016

Chicago Cubs boast one of MLB’s best lineups

Chicago Cubs fans haven’t had a reason to be this excited since the early-mid 2000s with guys like Sammy Sosa, Mark Prior and Kerry Wood leading the team. Since Theo Epstein arrived in Chicago after the 2011 season, the anticipation for him to deliver a championship has grown each year. Epstein has done his job and has created a potent lineup that will strike fear in opposing pitchers...
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein Only Needs 6 Words To Keep Cubs Humble

(CBS) The Cubs have been tabbed by Vegas as the World Series favorites entering 2016, and they’ve responded to such lofty expectations with a new mantra as spring training has opened: “Embrace the target.” President of baseball operations Theo Epstein acknowledges that is quite the change from spring 2015, when the Cubs were a happy-go-lucky bunch who boasted plenty of talent...
Via CBS Chicago
March 08, 2016

2016 Chicago Cubs Preview, Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

From the curse (of the Billy Goat) to the purse (of the Cubs front office). A combination of a rich farm system, Theo Epstein’s brain trust and dollars and cents, the Cubs are the favorite to win the World Series in 2016 (Bovada). A season ago, when they won 97 games to finish in third place in the Central, the Cubbies ranked 16th in runs scored (first in strikeouts per game by...
Via Fox Sports
March 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Are The Cubs Trying to Recreate The Red Sox’s 2013 World Series Magic?

Before the 2015 season, the Chicago Cubs landed left-handed starter Jon Lester and picked up backup catcher David Ross. In December, they signed free agent righty John Lackey to a two-year contract. Then, on Friday, the Cubs reportedly brought in outfielder Shane Victorino on a minor league deal. Wait a minute; is Cubs president Theo Epstein trying to get the 2013 World Series champion...
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss
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