Manager/GM Notes: Epstein, Sandberg, Cashman

The Cubs are on the brink of completing a deal with the GM Theo Epstein and the Red Sox. Here are the details and more managerial and GM notes from around MLB…

  •'s Carrie Muskat hears that chairman Tom Ricketts is handling compensation discussions for the Cubs. However, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that assistant GMs Ben Cherington and Randy Bush will do most of the negotiating with upper management signing off on the expected agreement.
  • John Dennis of WEEI hears that the Red Sox and Cubs won't start talks about compensation for Epstein until today (link via Rob Bradford of
  • Epstein will earn $3MM or more on his new deal with the Cubs, but it still falls short of what Tigers president and GM Dave Dombrowski earns, according to Jon Heyman of (Twitter links). Heyman noted earlier this week that Dombrowski, one of baseball's longest-tenured GMs, earns about $5MM.
  • Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times hears that the Cubs expect a reconciliation with Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg this week. Epstein interviewed Sandberg for Boston's Triple-A managerial position last offseason, but Sandberg turned the job down to manage in the Phillies' system. Cubs manager Mike Quade is under contract through 2012.
  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post explains the challenges GMs face in Boston and New York. One MLB executive is amazed that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has continued to do his job under such intense pressure for more than a decade.

59 Responses to Manager/GM Notes: Epstein, Sandberg, Cashman Leave a Reply

  1. gunsnascar 4 years ago

    Well maybe we can see what the epstein compensation will finally be.
    Welcome back to chicago Ryno.

  2. chico65 4 years ago

    Sucks to be Quade right now.  First Sharon Stone turns on him, now this?

  3. $6101468 4 years ago

    Theo will earn less than Dombrowski?  Have they started a fund yet?  Will they schedule an event to make up the difference?  Will Theo apply for an EBT card? Oh the pain!

    • gunsnascar 4 years ago

      Yeah it would suck to make a mere 250k a month.

      • Seriously , lol. Oh how will he ever be able to support his family on such a small salary. I would take the 250k a year,even over 2 years, never mind a month.

        • gunsnascar 4 years ago

          it was a joke guy
          I would be happy with 250k for 3 years.

          • jayrig5 4 years ago

            Dude, his was a joke as well.

  4. We need to get a least two good prospects from the cubs.I have no problem welcoming theo back and let him work under his last contract.

    • DebaserTN 4 years ago

      Last I saw, the Sox were looking for cash rather than prospects.  I figure there’s a reason for that — you probably don’t want any of our prospects even if we could find two good ones.

  5. mmwatkin 4 years ago

    I think Dombrowski earned his salary this year. 

  6. Afam 4 years ago

    Anyone hearing what the compensation is going to be

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      If you believe Gammons, it’s Brett Jackson. If you believe reality then it’s only speculation at this point.

      • godzillacub 4 years ago

        Gammons doesn’t know who Brett Jackson is. For Gammons, he’s a right-handed hitting right fielder . . . for the rest of us he’s a left-handed hitting center-fielder who doesn’t have the arm for right.

    • gradylittle 4 years ago

      I’m hearing it will most likely be some cash.

      • Afam 4 years ago

        i think the cash is to pay for theo last contract

      • NomarGarciaparra 4 years ago

        Whaddup Grady? Remember me…the all-star on your 2003 team?

  7. Afam 4 years ago

    everyone this is afam.just wanted to create an actually account instead

  8. corey23 4 years ago

    such pressure in new york for cashman…. here brian, spend as much as you want.  pitching? drafting and trades? oh don’t worry about those, those are for poor people.

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      I think it’s more along the lines of “You didn’t win the World Series, you failed!”

      • corey23 4 years ago

        definitely… lucky for him big george is gone… or else he’d probably be gone too.

        • MB923 4 years ago

          And how do you figure that? Because he’s on an oh so small 2 year drought? You know before that he was on a 9 year drought.

          • corey23 4 years ago

            I obviously don’t, and don’t really care… about the AL East. At all. 

    • ubercubsfan 4 years ago

      You should watch “Too Much Moneyball” on youtube. 😀

  9. gradylittle 4 years ago

    I just want this to be over with already, and have the Sox hire a damn manager.

  10. NorthSideIrish 4 years ago

    I’ve seen Jay Jackson mentioned a couple places…he was one of the Cubs top 3 SP prospects in 2010, but had a bad 2011 season and a drop in velocity. Once Epstein told the Sox he was leaving when his contract was up, they lost a lot of leverage.

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      Aside from the fact that he never said that, you are absolutely correct…

      • NorthSideIrish 4 years ago

        Joelsherman1 Joel Sherman Heard #Redsox wanted keep Theo, but Epstein made clear leaving when contract up after ’12 . So OK’d #Cubs: Didn’t want expensive lameduck

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          Sherman’s a hack, and everyone else was reporting that it took over a day to be finalized because Theo wasn’t sure he actually wanted to leave.

  11.  The Sox don’t need money from Chicago, they need players.

  12. Paka 4 years ago

    The Cubs and Theo have no leverage at all. He Sox can say thanks but no thanks. We want more. Theo, get back to work.

    • bacboris 4 years ago

      Cool story Bro. And when your team has a GM that everyone knows is gone after this year?

      The end story is this, if hes getting a bump in title (i.e president of baseball operations) there’s almost nothing that the Red Sox can/will do to stop it. If you don’t believe me, I recommend looking up any situation where an MLB team offered a vertical position jump to another team’s employee and it didn’t end up going through.

    • woadude 4 years ago

      Yeah that would work, sure worked well when the Mariners said that to Randy Johnson in 1999, and all he did was lob batting practice to the opposing team, probably the only time some of those guys hit one off of him, and the M’s were forced to trade him to Houston, when someone wants to go, they will go, if you force them to stay, you get what you paid for.

      • Paka 4 years ago

        I guess all I am saying is the sox still have some say in it. Am I just dead wrong on this?

        • cubs223425 4 years ago

          They have some say, but is it really a good idea to keep a GM who doesn’t care/want to be there? Maybe in his last season, he decides to trade for Soriano or Zambrano so they aren’t his problem when he jumps to Chicago for 2013, haha!

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

            If Chicago doesn’t sign Theo they’ll sign someone else, so Theo wouldn’t be going to the Cubs in 2013.

          • imachainsaw 4 years ago

            ever heard of a one year deal? or an ‘Interim’ tag? the cubs signed a 1b to a 1-year deal last offseason for a reason.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

            1st basemen and GMs are a little bit different.  Teams don’t like to go through complete seasons/off-seasons with interim General Managers, and it is quite uncommon; in all likelihood they would not wait a year to sign a long-term GM.

        • bmoneyy20 4 years ago

          theo doesnt want to be there, leverage gone

      • MaineSox 4 years ago

        There’s no way that happens, if the Sox decide they aren’t getting enough compensation and nix the deal Theo will get back to work just as he did before.  There would surely be problems between him and ownership, but there is no way he intentionally screws things up; nobody would hire him if he pulled that crap, plus he’s been discontented before and still done a fine job as GM.

  13. HVega 4 years ago

    I would love to see Ryno managing the Cubs!  If Epstein does this, he will have won the hearts of many in Chi-town right off the bat!  Hey at this point- I would even take a ‘pill- popping’ Francona over Quade! Make it happen THEO!!!

  14. Radatz64 4 years ago

    Red Sox asking for cash which they will send to San Diego with John Lackey’s contract.  His contract will come off the books and then they will hesitantly look at another free agent starting pitcher (e.g. CJ Wilson) but may not go there, having been burnt by Lackey signing.

    • Radatz64 4 years ago

      May also receive a high-ceiling 18-year old or 2 to appease the fans.

  15. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    “…assistant GMs Ben Cherington and Randy Bush will do most of the negotiating…”

    I’m hoping that considering this as well as since he’s been in all the high level decisions so far that this means Cherrington is pretty much waiting to be named to the GM position.

  16. johnsilver 4 years ago

    Joel Sherman should just go to the NYT since they have all the rest of the dolt reporters in NY. What a bunch of rubbish. That guy is out of his mond.

  17. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    The problem is that getting cash back doesn’t offset Lackey’s contract where it matters: luxury tax eligible payroll.

    The Sox already spend an absolute truckload on payroll, player development, scouting, drafting overslot. There’s really no area in operations where Henry has ever been prone to skimp on cash, so getting money back doesn’t benefit the team in any way outside of profitability.

  18. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    I see that perspective, yes. I’ve said elsewhere, but it’s basically about the worst possible team to have to deal with on this. Money does the fanbase absolutely no good since it doesn’t improve the team at all. Meanwhile, I can understand the Cubs not wanting to part with a top three organizational prospect (Especially when the entire reason they want Theo is to turn that ship around), but they’re pretty much filled with garbage past that point.

  19. John DiRienzo 4 years ago

    im sorry, i could have sworn i was approached by a prophet who told me that he saw Theo to the cubs for no compensation in the constellations. maybe he was just standing too close to the track and was inhaling too much exhaust. my bad

  20. imachainsaw 4 years ago

    I think if the Sox are getting a good prospect, he’d have to be playing in A+ or lower, because the Cubs definitely need their high-level prospects to do a quick turn around for this franchise. Feel free to take McNutt however.

  21. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Agreed on this. If we’re getting anything in regards to a prospect, it’s a high upside low minors prospect or two and I’m perfectly fine with that.

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