The Chicago Cubs haven’t killed the curse of the Billy Goat yet, but they did scratch off a monster check to Theo Epstein.
The team and their President of Baseball Operations agreed to a five-year extension that’ll reportedly pay Epstein $50 million dollars, making him baseball’s highest paid executive. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports that the team also reached extensions with GM Jed Hoyer and VP Jason McLeod, keeping the Cubs brain trust intact.
Money well spent.
Because while Theo might just be the highest paid executive in professional sports, he costs roughly the same per year as a good relief pitcher — and Craig Kimbrel doesn’t rebuild train wreck franchises with a 100-plus year history of losing.
The only thing I like better than this deal is the decision to do the deal now. Because you know if the Cubs win the World Series, that price tag is only going up. And even if they don’t, Epstein has them poised to be contenders for the indefinite future.
Worth every penny. And what a legacy Epstein is building. He’s done in Chicago exactly what he did in Boston.
He took control of a franchise best known for NOT winning and built a monster. He didn’t do it spending huge jack on free agents. He did by investing in the draft and international free agents. He did it by rebuilding the farm system. He did it by snatching away Joe Maddon, one of the best managers in the game, who oversees a roster that has multiple Cy Young candidates, a 24-year-old on the verge of winning an MVP, and a team built for the long haul.
And if the Cubs manage to pull it off this October, that city might just spend the next three months partying. Might not even notice that dumpster fire burning down Lake Shore at Soldier Field.
Hell, the Bears should be cutting Epstein a check, too