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Reports from ESPN’s Buster Onley suggest that the only franchise in baseball left with a “curse” could be targeting the only GM with curse-killing experience on his resume. That’s right, the Chicaco Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series since 1908, may be targeting Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein as their new GM and President.
Onley speculates that the Cubs could be considering contacting the Red Sox to inquire about Epstein and their opening at that position. Onley believes that they would consider giving Epstein a promotion to club president with “oversight of baseball operations,” as well.
Epstein, who turns 38 in December will quite obviously not be the Red Sox GM forever and undoubtedly would love to hold a higher spot in the organization. The only way the Red Sox could satisfy that desire would be if team president Larry Lucchino were to leave the organization, which isn’t entirely out of the question especially once the Dodgers are sold.
Onley also said that friends close to Epstein say he has a deep loyalty to the organization and owners John Henry and Tom Werner. Early in spring training Henry even expressed confidence when addressing the subject of Epstein’s return to the Red Sox with a new contract.
Epstein’s success in Boston is well-documented. Upon replacing interim GM Mike Port at the end of the 2002 season, Epstein began molding a roster that would eventually return the old towne team to baseball glory.
Epstein was responsible for bringing in players like David Ortiz, Kevin Millar, Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke, all of which played integral roles in reversing the curse and bringing the Red Sox their first championship in 86 years.
After a championship in 2004, Epstein had a hand in putting fourth another championship squad just three years later in 2007.
Epstein’s exit would be a treacherous blow to the organization, but for the time being it is unlikely that he’ll be skipping town. He is currently working with a franchise that yet again has World Series potential and that’s tough to leave.
If the Cubs do contact Epstein to negotiate a contract, they would have to wait until after the 2011 season.
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