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


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.

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.