Theo Epstein was profiled on Bloomberg TV Wednesday night, appearing in "Theo's Second Act" on "Sportfolio."
Epstein's move from general manager of the Boston Red Sox to president of baseball operations with the Cubs is the main focus of the show, but the relationship between Epstein and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is also a focal point.
"I had a lot of time to analyze the market and see which teams have consistently outperformed other teams," Ricketts said. "I had a lot of time to talk to people in the industry to see who was the best fit for the Cubs."
As they say in Sportfolio, Epstein qualified on both counts and history was made.
Theo also discussed his decision for wanting to leave Boston, a place where he had become a rock star executive after overtaking "The Curse of the Bambino" and winning two World Series rings with the Red Sox.
"I didn't want to be in one place forever," Epstein said.
Jerry Dipoto, the Angels GM that inked Albert Pujols to that megadeal this winter, was a scout under Theo in Boston and gives testament to the new Cubs president.
The show runs for more than 22 minutes, with all the same cliches you've heard at least once a week since October, including the classic: "There are no shortcuts in baseball."
Check out the full video at Bloomberg.com:
In the latest installment of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, the panel previews the Bulls' matchup against the Cavaliers.
Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by Mark Carman (WGN Radio), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Kendall Gill to break down the keys to a Bulls win. Later, Vincent Goodwill (CSNChicago.com) joins Luke to discuss the team's progress.
Finally, LeBron James pays off his World Series bet and the entire media world is there to see it.
Check out the SportsTalk Live Podcast below:
Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.
The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.
The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.
Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.
Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.
He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.
Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.
The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.
The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.