10/7 Red Sox mum re: Cubs interest in Theo
During a broadcast interview Friday, Red Sox owner John Henry would not confirm or deny whether the Cubs have asked for permission to speak to Theo Epstein about their vacant GM job. Is Epstein the right GM for the Red Sox?
“He is,” said Henry in the interview with WEEI in Boston that was simulcast on NESN. “But I think everyone has to understand a couple of things and I think [former manager Terry Francona] alluded to it. I think there’s a certain shelf life in these jobs [in Boston]. You can only be the general manager if you’re sane. You can only be the manager for a certain amount of time. There’s a tremendous pressure cooker here.”
MLB.com’s Ian Browne writes the situation with the Red Sox will remain in limbo until Epstein publicly states that he wants to return to the Red Sox for the last season of his contract and beyond. The Red Sox still haven’t confirmed or denied that the Cubs asked for permission to interview Epstein. The Sox feel it’s a private matter.
“Those things are supposed to be kept private and we have a policy of not discussing whether permission has been asked for x or y or z,” team president and CEO Larry Lucchino said. “In fact, every year we get requests for people. We never discuss them publicly. It’s been our policy and our practice.”
— Carrie Muskat