Theo Epstein to Cubs, Why it Could Matter to M’s


 

Theo Epstein is apparently being cut loose by the Boston Red Sox so he can take a job as General Manager and perhaps President of the Chicago Cubs.

This here is a Mariners blog, so why does it matter to me or you aside from being mildly interesting?

Per Cot’s, the Cubs payroll obligation for 2012 is only $72.6 million, down from 2011′s checks that totaled $134 million. In 2013, it sinks below $30 million. The Cubs don’t have a spectacular farm system, but they have a lot of room to play coming up.

I could be off base, but I don’t think the Cubs are bringing Epstein in to re-sign Carlos Pena. There will be two big-name first baseman on the market and you have to figure that with the potential payroll flexibility Theo will have, he’s going to go after them.

He’s not going to stop there, though.

The Mariners have needs outside of first base off course. Third base. Left field. Catcher. The Mariners need a big bat. You’ve heard this from lots of people, yes?

We know about Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder and the (lack of) possibilities of each coming to Seattle. There will be other players at other positions, though. Unfortunately, the Cubs may want them, too. They were pretty lousy in 2011, too.

So, by my interpretation, the Cubs have made a move that says they intend to spend money. Spend it now and spend in the future.

Unless Mariners’ ownership ponies up some new cash, I fear this is just one more indication that the Seattle Mariners will be dumpster diving yet again.

Please, work a miracle, Jack.

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  • lonnie.mathis

    Wow, now that is a butterfly effect! Epstein signs with the Cubs forces Mariners to dumpster-dive.

    Perhaps the Epstein hiring had more to do with him being the best available talent on the market more than ownerships willingness to open up the wallet?

    Seriously, what makes you think that Epstein == near free spending?

    Lonnie

  • lonnie.mathis

    Wow, now that is a butterfly effect! Epstein signs with the Cubs forces Mariners to dumpster-dive.

    Perhaps the Epstein hiring had more to do with him being the best available talent on the market more than ownerships willingness to open up the wallet?

    Seriously, what makes you think that Epstein == near free spending?

    Lonnie

  • alex.carson

    You’re a generally respected and highly thought of GM. You are under contract for annother season with a club that has lots of resources to do your particular job. Another club comes knocking. Do you not ask them what their plan is? Are you going to put yourself in a position to fail?

    Theo is a pretty smart cat. He surely asked a lot of questions about the Cub’s plans. There’s no way he’s going over there and having them hang out around 80 million. He’s, in my opinion, been brought in to spend 130 million better than Hendry did.

  • alex.carson

    You’re a generally respected and highly thought of GM. You are under contract for annother season with a club that has lots of resources to do your particular job. Another club comes knocking. Do you not ask them what their plan is? Are you going to put yourself in a position to fail?

    Theo is a pretty smart cat. He surely asked a lot of questions about the Cub’s plans. There’s no way he’s going over there and having them hang out around 80 million. He’s, in my opinion, been brought in to spend 130 million better than Hendry did.

  • alex.carson

    @lonnie.mathis Also, I said “one more indication.” The Mariners aren’t without plenty of other obstacles in their pursuit of better talent.

  • alex.carson

    @lonnie.mathis Also, I said “one more indication.” The Mariners aren’t without plenty of other obstacles in their pursuit of better talent.

  • maqman

    I’m a little more sanguine about the team’s prospects to improve without any need for big contract free agents or seriously denuding the farm for a “big bat” during this off season. I like Z’s dumpster diving and off the radar mini-trades. I also think we have a number of prospects that need more time to be properly evaluated before spending any significant resources to fill OF, 3B, C, or rotation pitchers. Do we spend millions for a mid-sized bat or arm for a couple or more seasons and then find they are blocking better playing prospects already in the system?

  • maqman

    I’m a little more sanguine about the team’s prospects to improve without any need for big contract free agents or seriously denuding the farm for a “big bat” during this off season. I like Z’s dumpster diving and off the radar mini-trades. I also think we have a number of prospects that need more time to be properly evaluated before spending any significant resources to fill OF, 3B, C, or rotation pitchers. Do we spend millions for a mid-sized bat or arm for a couple or more seasons and then find they are blocking better playing prospects already in the system?