After waiving goodbye to Terry Francona, the dismantling of the management of the Boston Red Sox has continued. Red Sox GM Theo Epstein restored the Red Sox to greatness by putting together one of the best assembled teams in baseball which won World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.
Epstein was credited as the brain child behind the rebuilding of a Red Sox team once believed to be cursed by the Bambino. If breaking curses is what Epstein does, it’s fitting then for him to be headed to the Chicago Cubs.
It was clearly time for Epstein to make a move. Something had changed in Boston. The Red Sox had arguably the most talented team on paper and yet still managed to suffer one of the most monumental late season collapses in baseball history.
If Epstein thought breaking the 86 year curse of the Bambino was difficult, he’s in for a real treat at Wrigley Field. Not only have the Cubs not won a World Series in over a hundred years (1908), but last year’s team was horrific. This past season, the Cubs had almost every problem imaginable from poor chemistry to overpaid no-shows, that’s how the team with the sixth highest payroll in the MLB at $125,047,329 managed to lose 92 games.
According to several publications, the deal that will see Theo Epstein as the new general manager of the Chicago Cub is expected to be completed by next week, with Epstein expected to make somewhere in the ball park of between15 to 18 million over three years.