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Monday, October 31, 2005

Theo Epstein Resigns As Red Sox GM

Contrary to earlier reports, Theo Epstein has resigned as Red Sox GM after turning down a three-year, $4.5M contract.

The Dodgers could do worse, I suppose.

Update: Rotoworld says Epstein will likely take time off rather than consider another GM position.

Update 2: now the ESPN story page above is reverting to Epstein rejecting the $4.5M/3 years contract. From the Boston Herald story:

Epstein had come close to agreeing to a deal Saturday evening but had not officially conveyed acceptance of it. On Sunday, he began having serious misgivings about staying on. A leading contributing factor, according to sources close to the situation, was a column in Sunday’s Boston Globe in which too much inside information about the relationship between Epstein and his mentor, team president and CEO Larry Lucchino, was revealed -- in a manner slanted too much in Lucchino’s favor. Epstein, according to these sources, had several reasons to believe Lucchino was a primary source behind the column and came to the realization that if this information were leaked hours before Epstein was going to agree to a new long-term deal, it signaled excessive bad faith between him and Lucchino.

Comments:
first off, if it was a 3-year, $3.6 million contract then that contradicts the $1.5 million/year figure that was being talked about.

and secondly, it was just a brief blurb that said "it is believed" he will take a year off. but it was also believed that he had agreed to a contract with the sox. we'll see what he does.
 
Theo walked away from $1M+ per year and from his home town team...shows how messy the Lucchino/Epstein power struggle actually was.
 
Does anyone beleive for a second that, since Epstein left Boston because of too much interference from the owner, he would jump at the LA GM job with the McStupids and their vile troll LaSordid?
 
Mike-
I depends on if he negotiate a "put a muzzle on Tommy"-clause into his contract. Also, he's a "proven winner(tm)" who knows how to "evaluate talent" and "chemistry" as demonstrated by the 2004 "Bunch of Iditots" AKA Red Sox.
 
A "you-can't-fire-me-for-3-years" clause wouldn't be the worst idea in the world in this case, either.
 

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