Cubs offer better job than Cardinals, Red Sox
(Pieces Of The Article) By Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports —
On Terry Francona’s way out of Boston, Red Sox management shoved his reputation down a flight of stairs, dragged it outside and curbed it for good measure. If he was going to run a toothless clubhouse, they were going to render his character just the same. Little did they know Francona’s emergence from the beatdown – and what it says about the Red Sox organization – would serve as the focal point for baseball’s greatest melodrama today: the managerial carousel whirring for three of the game’s biggest jobs.
Francona, it turns out, has been in contact with Theo Epstein, his former boss in Boston, the new president of the Chicago Cubs and filler of the second gig in the manage-a-trois. Their conversations show the respect accorded to Epstein and, by extension, a Cubs job that prior to his arrival would’ve been looked upon as rather dead-end. Moreover, they affirm that Francona lays blame not on Epstein but the Red Sox ownership that has to convince the next manager it won’t similarly defile him whenever his tenure ends.
Epstein intimated that Francona likely doesn’t fit with the Cubs right now, which takes us to the third team: the St. Louis Cardinals, who won a championship a week ago, saw their manager retire three days later and began interviews to fill the job Thursday. Francona, who seems to make every bit of sense for the Cardinals, is expected to interview with them in the near future.
How much the Cardinals make sense for him, of course, is the ultimate question he must ask himself as he weighs their opening against the Cubs’. Because of Francona’s history with Epstein, perhaps St. Louis looks more appealing.
The Cubs’ job is the best one open. Better than the defending champion Cardinals’. Much better than the $170 million-payroll Red Sox’s.
This is not crazy talk. The quality of a job isn’t simply about present-day talent, a category in which the Red Sox and Cardinals run parallel (provided Albert Pujols re-signs, of course), both eons better than the Cubs. Nor is it all about future talent, with the Cardinals’ farm system among the best in baseball and the Red Sox’s and Cubs’ skewing bottom barrel.
The allure of the Cubs is in what could be – the same what could be that drew Lou Piniella and Dusty Baker and dozens of dreamers before them. If winning the World Series is baseball’s apex, winning the Cubs’ first World Series in more than a century is nirvana. Epstein wasn’t leaving Boston, where he won two championships, for just any job. Jed Hoyer, the San Diego Padres’ general manager, wouldn’t trade a great job in the most gorgeous city in baseball for frozen winters unless he saw Chicago’s GM job as a monster upgrade. —
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