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I know I'm labeled by some as a Red Sox front office fanboy, but it was tough to listen to Mr. Epstein's press conference today and not wish that he was making his statements while sitting in front of a wall of Orioles logos.

I have little doubt the Cubs are going to see an overhaul in the operation of their front office, with an effective process put in place from the scout/development side to the Major League operations side. He dropped some hints that this was not going to be an overnight fix, but I could see the Cubs taking control of that division in pretty short order.

I also think the Cubs are less likely to pay big for Fielder than they were before hiring Epstein. I'd look at next winter as a more likely time for spending. Just conjecture on my part.

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The Cubs should be in a position to become the dominant force in the AL Central, considering their natural advantages over their division rivals. Presumably the owners will give Theo a lot of latitude to spend plenty and prioritize the spending as he sees fit to build a long-term successful operation. It will be interesting to watch.

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The important question was answered: it was him at the Racine Ave. Starbucks 2 weeks ago. Now we can all rest easy.

I dunno, I thought Cherrington topped him by announcing Lackey was having TJ surgery during his press conference. Way to deflect attention Ben, nicely played.

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