The Chicago White Sox signaled a massive change on Tuesday with their decision to fire both Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn as the team looks for a complete restructure of their front office.
In the White Sox press release, it was a point of emphasis that moving forward, there would be a singular voice in charge of the team’s baseball operations.
While Chris Getz has already emerged as a leading internal candidate to be the next top guy in the White Sox baseball operation, it is imperative that the team hire from outside of the organization.
The very first call that White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf should make is to MLB special assistant to the commissioner, Theo Epstein.
While many have pegged Epstein as the eventual replacement for Rob Manfred as MLB’s commissioner, whispers have emerged over the course of the past year that Epstein may be ready for a third act after successfully running the baseball operations of both the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.
This could be where the White Sox offer a unique opportunity for Epstein.
Theo Epstein would be a home run hire for the Chicago White Sox
If the move is strictly as the next president of baseball operations, as he was with the Cubs, Epstein will not be joining the White Sox organization. Epstein, if not commissioner of Major League Baseball, has his sights on ownership.
That would be where the intrigue may be for Epstein in regard to joining the White Sox.
Prior to the news on Tuesday, the focus for the White Sox was on the report that the team may be looking to relocate and that preparations were being made for an eventual sale of the team. There appears to be a universal understanding that the White Sox will be up for sale in the not so distant future.
That could be an uncomfortable position for the White Sox currently as they look to hire a new top official for their baseball operations. The first question that is going to be asked of any candidate to Reinsdorf will be regarding a potential sale.
If the White Sox are going to sell, perhaps, the enticing part for Epstein will be having a piece of ownership. Perhaps, the White Sox offer to Epstein includes a stake in ownership with the idea being that he will shift to being the team’s majority owner down the line.
The White Sox need to malke a big swing as they look to reset their baseball operation and Epstein is just the man to do it.