From Joel Sherman of the NY Post...
I am shocked, but in last 36 hrs every exec talk to says believe #Redsox will give permssion and Theo will go to #Cubs to be GM.
Obviously this is unsubstantiated and it could just be another Twitter rumor that winds up being debunked in the next hour or so, but for now it represents a surprising change in how people around baseball were feeling just one day ago. Such is the nature of news in the Twitter-verse. I'll keep following his and update it when and if there is more information to follow.
At the time I warned that Twitter rumors can flame out just as quickly as they catch on, but people continue to stoke the fire on this one. It isn't going away.
This morning there was this from Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe,
“The Cubs are obviously interested in Theo and the talk is not going away,’’ said a major league source yesterday. “I think it’s possible.’’
Abraham goes on to say that Team President Larry Lucchino and owner Tom Werner were evasive on the subject. Lucchino would not deny that the Red Sox are willing to give permission for Epstein to talk to the Cubs. Werner praised Epstein for his work but would not say if he was coming back.
Meanwhile Dan Shaughnessy, also of the Globe said,
It just keeps getting worse. The general manager has the look of a man who'd rather be working at Wrigley Field.
It's still speculation, but it's easy enough to squelch with a simple statement where the Red Sox could say, "Theo Epstein will remain with the Red Sox and we are not granting permission for him to talk to the Cubs or anyone else."
But it hasn't happened, so until then, we'll just keep stoking the fire.
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