CSN Chicago: Epstein deal 'basically' done

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CSN Chicago: Epstein deal 'basically' done

CSN Chicago's David Kaplan reports that the deal to make Theo Epstein the Cubs President of Baseball Operations could be done today, and an announcement could come as soon as tomorrow. According to the report, former Red Sox Assistant General Manager Jed Hoyer will be the new GM in Chicago.

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David KaplanAs I first reported yesterday, Theo deal is basically done press conf. should be tomorrow. He will be Pres. of Baseball ops. Jed Hoyer GM
Oct 20 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

While Hoyer will have significant opportunities to make baseball decisions, Epstein will have complete power on the baseball side of things.

"They are handing him the keys to the kingdom," Kaplan told WEEI on Thursday. "He'll have unanimous power in Chicago. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is basically giving him 150 million a year and saying 'spend it how you want.' "

According to Kaplan, the Red Sox won't get pitcher Matt Garza, or any other major league talent as compensation for Epstein, but they could end up with one of the Cubs' top prospects.

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David KaplanCompensation will not include ML talent but will include value but not Brett Jackson. If it's Trey McNutt, oh well. Price of doing biz!
Oct 20 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California. 

 

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."