SF may be rationalizing away the loss of Theo as the Sox move into the crucial decision-making months a decapitated organization. ESPN’s Bill Simmons offers a less sanguine view in this nuanced review of the Theo departure. Especially concerning for Sox fans: the team’s “Orwellian” command over the Boston sports media, in particular the Globe and NESN.
Meanwhile, Yankee GM Brian Cashman is now controlling baseball operations to the extent that the team organizational meetings are in NY, and his attendance of the league-wide winter meetings is unquestioned. That’s good news, and as Steven Goldman points out on the Pinstripe Bible, even if Big Stein returns to form when the season begins, by that point key planning decisions will already have been faits accomplis.