THE STOVE!!!

Finally.  Congrats to the White Sox and their long-suffering fans.  Cubs fans have an even bigger complex. The Sox, not Red, are the best.  The Astros are cooked.   But the stove is still warm. 

First order of business?  GMs.  The Yankees re-enslaved theirs yesterday, with Brian Cashman trading a big pile of money and the possibility of not having to work for a sociopathic ex-felon for…a big pile of money and three years of having to work under a sociopathic ex-felon. Meanwhile, the Epstein saga in Boston drags on, supposedly nearing conclusion.  It’s an important signing, for both talent-related reasons (who knows the Sox’ system better than Theo?), external PR-related reasons (what Boston GM in the last 20 years has handled the cannibalistic Boston press better?), and fan-appeasement reasons (this is the guy who most people perceive, rightly or wrongly, as having brought us our championship).  The lack of significant leaks from the two sides leads me to believe that this is a standard negotiation, with some normal degree of contentiousness, and that Epstein is simply weighing his possible salary and lifestyle in Beantown against the demands and stresses of the position against another possible position in a far more boring city elsewhere.  The hot (stove) discussion in Boston has centered on a perceived rift between Lucchino and Epstein, a chain-of-command fight over decision-making power and talent assessment, but this strikes me largely as media and fandom speculation, and not much else. It took Cashman until yesterday to re-up, so the delay on Epstein’s part is highly unsurprising and incredibly smart of him, negotiation-wise.  In the end, Theo’s decision is probably all about weighing the challenge of the job and the money against the quality of life he enjoys (or resents) in Boston.  It’s not likely about a power struggle (does he think those don’t exist elsewhere?), it’s not likely about Lucky.  It is, for once, a decision all about himself.  Here’s hoping he comes back.

4 comments… add one

  • Here’s hoping he pulls a Macha, and that Billy Beane isn’t so magnanimous as Billy Beane! Bill James can train another monkey. [Kidding!]

    YF October 27, 2005, 8:19 am
  • Cashman gets $5 million, when do I get my $10?

    john yf October 28, 2005, 12:32 am
  • I just saw that Brad left a post in another thread. My address is John Massengale, Gracie Station Box 684, New York, NY 10028-0044

    john yf October 28, 2005, 2:14 am
  • Alright, alright. I’ll put it in the mail this weekend, but please let me know you got it.
    I still stand by at least one half of my argument that this was a bad move. Not that there are a ton of great candidates out there to replace the puppet (or any willing to do that to themselves on a daily basis), but just remind me again which team has gotten progressively worse over the period of the last four years?
    Since I don’t actually know what kind of weight Cash carries in the front office, I can’t get on him as much as I used to (prior to really understanding the Tampa influence on the Yankees), but with new contract in hand, the man has a lot to prove.
    PS -
    What’s everyone’s opinion on what is going to happen to Bernie?
    My guess is that he comes back in a very limited/substitution/backup role with the Yanks at a much smaller pricetag.
    Is there going to be a huge deal between some team (Please be the Mets and Beltran) and ManRam?
    Who’s going to be on first for Boston?
    Will AJ Burnett follow the Guru to Baltimore or is he going to spare his ERA and stay in the kids’ league?
    Who gets Pierre?
    Who gets Konerko?
    Who gets Furcal?
    I will say this – If Damon gets a five year deal I may lose my mind. If he gets three, I’m okay with it, but any more than that and I say no. If Pedro can’t get four, neither can Damon. Period.
    Man, I love this time of year almost as much as the season itself. Almost.

    Brad-SF October 28, 2005, 4:49 am

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