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The first fallout from the Boston Red Sox historic collapse came this morning with reports that Terry Francona is out as manager.Next up on the chopping block could be general manager Theo Epstein. But that can only happen if Epstein doesn’t jump ship first.
The Chicago Cubs, who are looking for a new GM have long been rumoured to be interested luring a big-name to their organisation. And according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs will make a run at Epstein now that the Red Sox season is over.
But would Epstein leave Boston if they are not pushing him out the door? Ken Rosenthal says that’s unlikely, calling the Cubs the “first casualty of the Red Sox collapse.” Rosenthal adds that Red Sox owner John Henry is “fond” of Epstein and wants him to stay.
But at the same time, Buster Olney is reporting that friends of Epstein say the Red Sox GM “would embrace the opportunity to go to the Cubs.” Olney adds that it is unclear if the Red Sox will allow a move to the Cubs. Epstein is under contract with the Red Sox through the 2012 season.
If the Cubs can’t lure Epstein, they may turn their attention to the guy running the team that just beat the Red Sox. Andrew Friedman of the Tampa Bay Rays is not under contract and is considered to be on the Cubs short-list, as well as being targeted by the Houston Astros.
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