FanPost

Billy Beane Cubs Speculation


With the recent speculation from Buster Olney and Susan Slusser that Billy Beane could consider the Cubs' GM job, it appears there's a non-zero chance that Beane could be running things on the North Side come April.  

It's no doubt that the Oakland is the toughest GM job in baseball, when you couple the lack of funds with the lack of long-term certainty.  I couldn't blame Beane if he decided to leave.  He's recently made statements about his frustration with what he sees as a widening gap between baseball's haves and have-nots.  At this point in his career and in the franchise's history, jumping ship would be excusable.

Most of us are aware of the events of the 2002-2003 winter that almost led to Beane leaving for Boston, which would have hurt (but we would've gotten Youkilis!).  Billy ultimately decided to stay, but that was then.  Now, the franchise around him is burning whilst Bud fiddles, and Beane isn't getting any younger.  Free agents want to play in Chicago, and the Cubs have the money to bring them in.  Billy Beane goes to Chicago and wins a World Series and between that and Moneyball, he's the most legendary front office type in baseball history.  They're a legendary franchise with a legendary stadium and a nationwide hardcore fanbase.  They sell out Wrigley even in losing seasons, whereas the A's draw 20,000 a game during winning years.  If MLB gets to the point where the rich teams can even buy out the front office, well then that wouldn't be very good now would it, Mr. Selig?

Billy Beane is somewhat polarizing around here, but I'm fully in the support camp.  He's stuck with the franchise through terrible economic and stadium conditions despite being able to land offers from teams in much better financial states.  He's committed to the East Bay and has been successful for most of his tenure.  He kept our favorite franchise relevant through lean economic times.  

The stadium situation has been destructive enough on this franchise without it breaking up the front office.  To be honest, I can't think of a single thing this franchise could do that would upset me more than Beane leaving for another team (save for a relocation out of the Bay Area).  It would be the single most costly event in this whole drawn out (dddrraaaawwnnnn oooouuuuttttt) stadium drama.  If he leaves, I would have nobody to blame except MLB.  And this would make me livid at MLB.  

Regardless, I think he stays.  I think he's too committed to the franchise he's been with for 20+ years, too committed to his ownership stake, too committed to his friend Lew Wolff, and too proud to leave the franchise because "it's too hard."  

But then, I don't know Billy Beane.  This could be it for his time in Oakland.  Would you be as upset as I would be?  Is it excusable that MLB has allowed one of their thirty franchises to get to the point that not just their players but their front office types are even susceptible to big money offers from the haves?  

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Athletics Nation

You must be a member of Athletics Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Athletics Nation. You should read them.

Join Athletics Nation

You must be a member of Athletics Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Athletics Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker