Arrrrrgh! Moore Drops Out
11.15: Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino was at a Children's Hospital fundraiser Tuesday night and spoke with Boston's Fox25 News: On Dayton Moore, Lucchino said "He's a real evaluator, a scout's scout... the Braves realized what they have... he won't be available to us." On GM interviews, Lucchino said they will not be "going into that second stage yet, we have the interruption of the owners’ meetings in Milwaukee for the next couple of days, but we’ll keep moving forward after this Wednesday-Thursday break. I’m eager I would say to resolve it, but as I’ve said before, we’re able to continue moving along and I think it’s important that by the winter meetings in December that we have this issue resolved." Regarding Buster Olney's report that Theo Epstein had contacted the Red Sox regarding a possible return, Lucchino said "No, first up I’m gonna have no comment on that matter, I don’t think that’s… I just have no comment on that matter."
"Certainly, when Dayton Moore is looking at the places he could end up working… ‘Do I want to work for an organization that I helped build, under a guy that I really liked?’ And then he’s going to leave and I’m going to take over, or am I going to go into this situation that by all accounts is kind of a mess right now?"
"Certainly there’s this great unknown about the Lucchino factor in this all and it was interesting. I heard you guys talking about the Buster Olney story earlier and that Theo wants to come back and we don’t know if that’s true or not but I think you’re going to be seeing more and more of the opposite angle. We’re waiting for the other side to come out, not you’re starting to see it, maybe the Red Sox taking their point of view of things and because they’ve gotta have some kind of defense in this whole thing, because the fact of the matter is it’s been a one-sided thing since Theo left about how this organization is to work for and you’re talking to people around the game and you do hear it ‘Why would anyone want to go into that?’ And I’m not just saying that, this is what people… (it’s) their first words out of their mouth." -- 11.15, Rob Bradford, Eagle Tribune, on WEEI