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Moneyball at Wrigley? Billy Beane “might consider” Cubs offer

Aug 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Billy Beane

Brian Cashman, Andrew Friedman, and Ned Colletti aren’t the only current general managers being linked to the Cubs’ opening, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writing that Billy Beane “might consider an offer if the Cubs do approach him about their GM vacancy.”

Beane nearly became the Red Sox’s general manager in 2002, accepting the position before changing his mind, but Slusser speculates that his frustration with the A’s ballpark, ownership, and payroll situation has grown considering since then. He’s signed through 2014, but according Slusser owner Lew Wolff would probably let him interview for the Cubs’ job and assistant general manager David Forst is the presumed successor to Beane.

It’s only been a week since Jim Hendry was fired and we’re already nearing the point where every prominent GM is linked to the Cubs’ opening. Most of the names don’t seem all that realistic and Beane may fall into that category too, but if he wants to run a team with a large payroll and aggressive ownership the Cubs’ job fits the bill as well as any that figures to be open in the near future.

  1. mianfr - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Escape from Oakland, Billy… Just run and don’t look back.

    • scatterbrian - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      Uhh, he prefers walking…

  2. The Common Man - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Looks like they’ll have to change the end of that Moneyball movie.

  3. reospeedwagon916 - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Isn’t he a partial owner of the A’s? Guessing he’d have to sell that first.

    • kast2l - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      I’m almost 100% positive he does have stake in the team as u said, don’t kno why the thumbs down for your comment.

  4. trevorb06 - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    If they’re dumb enough to want Colletti why can’t they want Bill Smith, too? We won’t mind.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Would be a good pick-up for the Cubs getting Moneyball’s Billy Beane and all his World Series rings…oh wait…

    • tjv027 - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      Yeah, really. And I thought I was the only person that thinks this guy is slightly overrated as “baseball’s mastermind”.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        No, I’m definitely with you, but around these parts, you can’t say a negative about the Patron Saint of Sabremetrics, even if he never won a championship.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      That said, I’d like to see him run things with some cash to spend…of course the Cubs have a LOT of cash tied up despite their big payroll so they ain’t as rich as they seem.

  6. APBA Guy - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Sorry tjv, you are late to the party here. I’ve said all along that the bulk of the success of the A’s under the Great and Powerful Beane was due to Sandy Alderson, Beane’s predecessor.

    And yes, Beane has an ownership taste of the A’s and the San Jose ‘Quakes, the MLS team also being run into the ground by the reverse-Midas touch of Wolff/Fisher. He would have to divest the A’s ownership.

    I would love for Beane to go to the Cubs, not because I have any optimism about what the A’s would look like under a new GM, not with the Angelos Way running rampant at the Mausoleum, but like Jason, I’d like to see what he could do in a bigger market.

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