With the Theo Epstein-to-Chicago rumors swirling, Lou Merloni has a simple, three-word solution:
Let him go.
"Yeah, I think it's just time. I do," the ex-Sox infielder told Michael Felger on 'Sports Sunday'.
"Listen, I like Theo. I think he's done a good job, for the most part . . . But I think every place has its time. And his time here is over."
Merloni also dismisses the notion of giving Epstein a contract extension, or promoting him to a higher position.
"You let him walk, I think, because I think he might be interested in the Cubs job," said Merloni, later adding: "I think he's sick and tired of butting heads with some people in the Red Sox organization, he wants total control . . . So I say, let him leave . . . I just say move on. They got assistant GM Ben Cherington sliding right in to the GM position . . . Just a new voice. Same kind of attitude . . . but a new leader, a new way to look at things, maybe."