Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Epstein aims to end another drought

CHICAGO — After nearly a decade as general manager in Boston where he won two World Series titles, Theo Epstein knew it was time to move on, even though it meant leaving the team he loved.

"After 10 years, no matter how passionate you are, you see the same issues, day after day and you are around the same people day after day," Epstein said. "You are around the same landscape day after day for 10 years and eventually you will benefit from a new landscape and fresh problems."

Fresh problems? There are plenty of those in Chicago.

Epstein was introduced as president of baseball operations for the Cubs on Tuesday, going from a team that ended its long championship drought while he was at the helm to one searching for a title after more than a century of futility.

"I think it's equally as big a challenge," Epstein said.

There is so much work to do, from building a strong farm system and sharp scouting to putting together an evaluation system that is on the cutting edge.

"I didn't use the world rebuilding and I wouldn't. I think that is just a buzzword in baseball that leads people down the wrong path," Epstein said. "The best way I can describe it is there are parallel fronts: the job of building the scouting and player development foundation that is going to serve well for the long haul and treating every opportunity to win as sacred."

New GM in Boston

BOSTON — Ben Cherington was introduced as Red Sox general manager after spending three seasons as Epstein's assistant.

Cherington's top priority will be finding a manager to replace Terry Francona, who left two days after Boston completed its mind-boggling September collapse.

"I think Theo will tell you, there comes time for a change," Cherington said. "It's my job as part of that change to maintain what we're good at, and also serve as a catalyst for the change that we need, because what's going to work moving forward is not necessarily what's worked in the past."

In other Red Sox news, right-hander John Lackey will have elbow ligament replacement surgery and miss next season. Lackey, 33, was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in the second year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract.

Also, the Blue Jays announced they won't let manager John Farrell interview for Boston's job. In a policy change, the team said employees won't be permitted to leave for the same job in another organization.

DODGERS SAGA: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt looted nearly $190 million from the team, using the money for non-baseball use in violation of Major League Baseball rules, according to Delaware bankruptcy court documents. It's the first time the league has specified an amount.

A'S: The team declined its option on right-handed reliever Michael Wuertz, instead paying him a $250,000 buyout.

BREWERS: Left-hander Chris Narveson had left hip surgery and should be ready for spring training.

TWINS: Right-hander Joe Nathan will get a $2 million buyout after the team declined its option on the closer for the 2012 season.

Epstein aims to end another drought 10/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip


    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  2. Bucs raise prices for single tickets to marquee games


    The Bucs will have single-game tickets for 2017 home games on sale July 28, with a new wrinkle: the best games will cost more for fans.

    Bucs fans cheer Jameis Winston after a victory in their final home game of the 2016 season. Individual tickets for the Bucs' three most coveted home games (against the Patriots, Bears and Giants) will cost more in 2017.
  3. RHP Alex Cobb feeling safer as Rays make playoff push

    The Heater

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing in the fourth inning of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
  4. HomeTeam 100: Players 61-70


    Jefferson wide receiver Dontavius Smith during the game between Jefferson High School and Jesuit High School at Jesuit on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
  5. A second chance at life, away from the game he loved

    The Heater

    Dylan Delso, a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays' Gulf Coast League team, displays his scar at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. On June 25, 2016 Delso fell backward down a flight of stairs, suffering a nearly fatal head injury that put him in a coma for eight days. He's finally back on the baseball field after a miraculous recovery.