As the rumor mill continues to swirl around Major League Baseball, most of it is coming out of Boston.
The first question was answered shortly after the "fall of Rome" in Boston in September, Francona was let go. The second question is still up in the air to this point, will general manager Theo Epstein return to try and fix the problems?
As the days continue to pass, it's looking more and more like Epstein is leaving for the Windy City, Chicago. The Chicago Cubs have a similar drought to that of the Red Sox 86-year span between world series championships, even more extreme in fact.
This seems like a no brain-er, especially if the Cubs throw some serious cash at Theo. In a lot of peoples eyes, the job is done in Boston. He came in, ended the curse, and brought two titles back to Beantown. With that being said, what is the next chapter?
As the plot continues to thicken, with Terry Francona unemployed as a manager, one must now begin to think about chapter two. Is there a possibility of Francona and Epstein rejoining forces once again to take on the task that the two have accomplished in one major city already?
I don't think it's far-fetched to say that this is very possible. Francona has to be watching Theo, and if Theo does leave the Sox for the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, the chance to work with him again will undoubtedly present itself.
It is not uncommon for new GM's to let go of some staff when they arrive at their new job. They want to make sure the people they have working for them are on the same page.
No one can say for sure if this is going to happen, the first step would be the signing of Epstein to the Cubs. Once that happens, and again all signs to point to it likely to happen, then we will wonder what happens with Terry Francona.
There is no doubt Francona will manage again, the question is how soon and where? They have two world championships together and we all know Chicago has to go in a different direction and quick!