Cubs president Theo Epstein said Thursday (as relayed by MLB.com) that he isn't sure if former Red Sox manager Terry Francona would be the right fit for the Cubs, who currently have a managerial opening.
“Clearly, he would be at the top of anybody’s list as far as available managers,” Epstein said. “I think that’s true of any organization who looked at and said, who is somebody with experience and a proven winner who would be a real asset. He’s got to be at or close to the top of the list. I think it has to be the right fit here. I think he needs to figure whether this is right for him. I’m not sure it is, and Tito’s not sure it is."
Epstein hired Francona in 2003, and together they won World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. The Red Sox did not pick up Francona's option, while Epstein bolted for Chicago. Epstein said that he knows Francona "like the back of [his] hand," but also isn't sure it would be the right idea to add even more former coworkers from his Boston days.
“I already brought in two guys who I worked closely with at the Red Sox in Jed [Hoyer] and Jason [McLeod],” Epstein said. “This doesn’t need to be the Boston show recreated in Chicago completely. I think for my growth as an executive, maybe it’s the right thing to work with a new manager, maybe for Tito’s growth as a manager it’s better to work with a new boss. As I mentioned when I left Boston, you don’t want to live in the past. Eight years, 10 years is a long time to be at one place and with the same dynamics.”
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