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  1. Someone needs to forward this article to Peter Gammons, who said on WEEI that McNutt would bet he Red Sox 25th best prospect.

    Comment by John — October 19, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  2. Doesn’t even look like McNutt follows through all the time…and looks like he’s going to hyperextend that left knee!

    Comment by Norm — October 19, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

  3. You have wonder at Cubs fans being happy to get their new GM when he’s leaving behind a farm system that doesn’t even have a single pitcher in it as good as this guy.

    Comment by Judy — October 19, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  4. forget him, Starlin or nothing

    Comment by j bones — October 19, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  5. as a cub he wouldnt be in the top 100

    as a red sox he would have already won 2 cy youngs

    Comment by Jon — October 19, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  6. what are the red sox really think

    they decided no deal and pull back theo and have an unhappy GM for the year? is that really a smart move

    Comment by Jon — October 19, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  7. How did Webster look?

    Comment by ChadT — October 19, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

  8. Won’t the Cubs have to give up even more to the Padres if they hire Hoyer?

    Comment by Tom — October 19, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

  9. LOL!

    Comment by Anonymous — October 19, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  10. 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.

    Comment by Dave — October 19, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

  11. 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

  12. 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.

    Comment by Brian — October 19, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  13. 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.

    Comment by Paul — October 19, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  14. This is so theoretical. McNutt is not going to go to Boston. Not unless it is in a deal where Epstein is allowed to bring a significant number of assistants with him.

    Comment by Robert — October 19, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

  15. 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.

    Comment by boom — October 19, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

  16. You’re right, McNutt won’t. Because it’s going to be Starlin.

    Of the one-man Starlin Vocal Band I am a fan

    Comment by j bones — October 19, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

  17. All this Theo talk is McNutty if you ask me.

    Comment by Pickles — October 20, 2011 @ 8:50 am

  18. 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.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 20, 2011 @ 9:29 am

  19. The Red Sox DO have a better pitchers in their system in Barnes and Ranaudo. However, they are both in the low minors at this point.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 20, 2011 @ 9:31 am

  20. Webster showed flashes. I have video and notes/charts on him for a future report.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 20, 2011 @ 9:31 am

  21. 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.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 20, 2011 @ 9:33 am

  22. The report isn’t theoretical, but the speculation is.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 20, 2011 @ 9:35 am

  23. You are right boom. There’s really nothing more to add to your statement.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 20, 2011 @ 9:36 am

  24. 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.

    Comment by Paul — October 20, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  25. Do you think the Sox are just being jerks because the Cubs claimed their coveted Max Ramirez off waivers last Spring?

    Comment by subtle — October 20, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

  26. Give us Mcnutt already you scrooges!

    Comment by Mike — November 2, 2011 @ 6:46 am

  27. No. Stop trying to low ball us.

    Comment by Mike — November 2, 2011 @ 6:47 am

  28. He’s going to Boston.

    Comment by Mike — November 2, 2011 @ 6:47 am

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