Theo Epstein might not be named to his new post with the Chicago Cubs until after the World Series, and at this point, perhaps that is for the best. The Cubs remain locked in negotiations with the Boston Red Sox over the poaching of Epstein, who has been GM in Boston since 2002.
Now the fun starts, though, because as it turns out, this might be much less a lateral move than anyone previously thought. Epstein would become the Cubs' president of baseball operations, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, and it sounds as though he will try to name a GM of his own within hours or days of finally being officially signed by Chicago.
This is the Epstein process, the system as he has built it in Boston. Epstein was the man who brought Bill James into the room; who built the biggest front offices in baseball, and watched a fistful of his own men move on to big-chair jobs of their own. Epstein wants a lot of input and a ton of brain power, and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has shown a willingness to get behind that sort of system.
Assuming, then, that the Cubs eventually acquire Epstein, it seems that he has his sights set on a few names around the league to fold into his new operation. Here are five guys who should be on his radar, whether they are or not.