Cubs Notes: Evans, Beane, Garza, Pena

Here’s the latest on the Cubs, including an update on their search for a successor to Jim Hendry…

  • Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times says former Dodgers general manager Dan Evans fits all the criteria chairman Tom Ricketts has established for his new GM. Friends and associates of Evans tell Wittenmyer that the executive has always considered the Cubs' GM job his dream position.
  • A’s owner Lew Wolff told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he wouldn’t prevent GM Billy Beane from exploring job opportunities elsewhere, though he hopes to retain him for a long time. "I would never inhibit anybody from bettering themselves because of a contract," Wolff said, noting that no teams have called regarding the "indispensable" Beane.
  • Wittenmyer says Matt Garza's presence at the front end of Chicago's rotation seems critical to any Cubs turnaround. The Cubs can retain Garza as an arbitration eligible player through 2013, though he won't be cheap.
  • Meanwhile, Carlos Pena told Wittenmyer that he was "pleasantly surprised" that the Cubs pulled him off of waivers after the Yankees claimed him earlier in the week.


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31 Comments on "Cubs Notes: Evans, Beane, Garza, Pena"


Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Take the job in Chi town Billy, you’ll have a lot more money to make a team work. More appealing for free agents too then it is in Oakland.

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nittanycub
3 years 10 months ago

I wonder how he would fare with a team that has such a high budget as the Cubs. Hes been micro managing so long

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Gumby65
3 years 10 months ago

It may make him look very ordinary…  bad for his rep.

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disgustedcubfan
3 years 10 months ago

Great move by the Cubs. Carlos Pena is going to play a huge part in the September push for 4th place.

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NorthSideIrish
3 years 10 months ago

You have to look at it long term. They might hurt his feelings if they traded him to the Yankees and gave him a chance to play meaningful games and win a ring. Then they wouldn’t be able to re-sign him next year and bring back the same mediocre offense.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Dan Evans?  The first guy to raise Jim Hendry’s stock by trading FOR Todd Hundley?  No thanks.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

What?

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Gumby65
3 years 10 months ago

And that necessity was raised by his incompetent predecessors Chase Carey & Peter Chernin, who refused to retain Charles Johnson after getting him in the (uber-brilliant) Piazza trade.    Hands tied +1

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Evans wouldn’t be a bad fit at all. He got a raw deal with the Dodgers, who competed with a team that was built by him and DePo (who also got a raw deal). Listen to the episode of the Up and In podcast that had Evans on it. Interesting guy.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Dan Evans was an underrated GM.  Trading for Izturis, Quantrill, Sheffield for Odails Perez and Jordan, Mota.  

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Gumby65
3 years 10 months ago

The treatment of Dan Evans was the very first of many monumental epic proportional failures of the FMcC administration.  Oooops, make that second, the first would be showing up in LA.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Or thinking he could afford a MLB team.