Rumors that the Seattle Mariners are interested in Theo Epstein. What are the odds he joins Seattle’s front office?
Per Jon Heyman, the Seattle Mariners are interested in bringing in Theo Epstein, who just left the Chicago Cubs organization as the President of Baseball Operations. This is big news for the Cubs as Epstein was an integral part of the organization’s recent successes.
The Mariners and Phillies are apparently the interested teams as of now. Bringing in a brilliant mind like Theo Epstein to Seattle is not completely outrageous. At the moment, Jerry Dipoto is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Baseball Operations. If Epstein were also interested, I imagine Jerry Dipoto stepping away from the Baseball Operations side and focus mainly on General Management or vice versa.
Theo Epstein became the youngest General Manager when the Boston Red Sox hired him as a 28-year-old in 2002. He was able to turn the Red Sox’s ship around and won two World Series rings in Boston, and another one with the Cubs.
Epstein is only 46-years-old, but he may be stepping away from baseball, according to Jeff Passan.
Epstein’s decision to resign comes at an interesting time because the Cubs were rumored to shaking up their roster and this news came out before Epstein’s announcement. Did something happen internally that led to his decision to leave? Or was Epstein’s decision already made earlier this fall, leading to a complete change of the Cubs organization?
I can’t imagine Epstein staying away from baseball for the rest of his life because he is still young. I am sure he will get an urge to get back in the game, and the Mariners could be a great landing spot. He joined the Red Sox and Cubs when the teams were struggling, so Epstein has a history of trying to transform a team’s losing culture. I cannot think of a better example than the Mariners.