Friday, October 21, 2011

Sadly The Cubs and Angels Might Be Getting Good

It appears Theo Epstein will make the move to Chicago and become the president of the Cubs. And while it's doubtful he takes any of the Red Sox personnel guys with him Epstein will reportedly poach former Red Sox assistant GM and current Padres GM Jed Hoyer.

A brain trust featuring Epstein and Hoyer is a powerful and proven combination. Chicago is a big and popular market where they have the opportunity to replicate the success Boston enjoyed last decade.

Meanwhile the Angels fired GM Tony Reagans and are currently looking for his replacement. Supposedly Rays GM Andrew Friedman is atop their wish list. It's doubtful Friedman, who is loyal to Tampa Bay's owner and supposedly has a stake in the franchise, will move 3,000 miles and leave behind the promising team he's built.

However the Angels are targeting other interesting names: Kim Ng, Rick Hahn, Thad Levine and Jerry DiPoto are all experienced assistant GMs and respected throughout baseball circles. Each one would inherit a popular owner, smart manager, big market and promising farm system. Not a bad way to begin one's career as a MLB general manager.

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