Cafardo’s Latest: Epstein, Nationals, Ethier, D. Lee

With October fast approaching, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe polled experts around the league on the relative strength of the potential playoff teams. As expected, the Phillies topped the list, but the experts' choice for the second-best team may surprise you. Check out Cafardo's piece for the full rankings, along with quotes on each club, as we run down the hot stove highlights from the rest of the column:

  • The "baseball community has not dropped" rumors that Theo Epstein could be in the mix for the Cubs' GM opening, says Cafardo. I'd be pretty shocked if Epstein ended up in the Windy City, but if he did, Boston's search for a replacement would probably have them considering many of the same candidates being linked to the Cubs.
  • League rules require the Nationals to conduct a managerial search that includes minority candidates this offseason. However, that process may be merely a formality; the team seems very likely to simply retain Davey Johnson for 2012, if he wants to return.
  • While GM Ned Colletti has said the Dodgers are prioritizing long-term deals for Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, the Dodgers' financial situation isn't entirely clear, leading Cafardo to speculate that Ethier will be a trade candidate this winter.
  • As we heard last weekend, Clint Hurdle would like to see Derrek Lee in a Pirates uniform next season. Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more on that possibility.

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4 Comments on "Cafardo’s Latest: Epstein, Nationals, Ethier, D. Lee"

John Arguello
3 years 11 months ago

Although it’s not likely, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Epstein come to the Cubs. What’s not to like? Great city, great market, an owner who’s willing to invest heavily in player development…and one thing he’ll probably never get in Boston — complete control of baseball operations

3 years 11 months ago

When Verlander’s pitching, the oppositions offense might as well be the Giants AAA team. 

3 years 11 months ago

You’re not giving verlander enough credit. With him on the mound the oppositions offense looks like the giants major league team.  Unfortunately for bochy his fetish of having 8 orlando cabrera’s in the lineup will never come true but he’s done his best to make it look like that.

3 years 11 months ago

I really hope the National’s don’t bring back Johnson. He didn’t have it ten years ago with the Dodger’s, he doesn’t have it now.