If Theo stayed with the Sox, they would pay his salary but have him stay away from the team. Ben Cherington is already the GM in Boston, no matter what happens with Theo. Supposedly, the Cubs wouldn’t have to give up much (if anything) to get Hoyer due to a strong relationship between Tom Ricketts & Padres owner Jeffrey Moorad.
Yeah, because the Red Sox have a long history of having hyped prospects not meeting expectations…
Comment by Michael Felger — October 19, 2011 @ 6:38 pm
I think what would happen is Ricketts would ask which of the two would Moorad let go between Byrnes and Hoyer. He has hired Byrnes twice now and rumor has it thinks of him as a son so will just promote him to GM with Hoyer leaving. Will be a huge upgrade from Hendry to Hoyer/Epstein.
After seeing the vid and reading the report, I’m a little miffed by all the BA hype. He reminds me a lot of Brad Penny, which should be telling. Then again, for a few years Penny was solid. He is nowhere near Eovaldi’s universe for me.
Considering how crappy the Cubs farm system is, their top prospects should be considered in compensation for Theo. It’s not Bostons fault Chicago has done such a terrible job drafting over the past decade or so. Trey McNutt is a good start, but let’s not kid ourselves, he’s no Matt Moore. I would expect him and a couple other decent lower level prospects in exchange for Theo and a handful of his underlings. Chicago has to get this done, they’re in too deep. So now they pay the piper.
If McNutt winds up being the guy I saw in September, Gammons might be right. If he reaches his max projection, then he’s much better than that. I often lean towards the path of least resistance myself.
The Brad Penny body comp is quite fitting. Don’t get ahead of yourself though. Brad Penny was a good big league pitcher for quite awhile. If you called Eovaldi OR McNutt on the phone today and said, “Hey, how would you feel about a comparable career to Brad Penny?” Each would be quite content with that outcome.
Yeah, I’m sure they would both take the $20 million or so that he’s made. And of course despite him not being what BA has described, if I’m the Red Sox I’d take a young Brad Penny for a front office guy that you want to move on in a house-cleaning move anyway.