There's a lot going on around baseball today, particularly with Theo Epstein going to the Cubs, and the expectation that the Houston Astros will move to the American League. Let's take a look at what else is happening...
- The Philadelphia Phillies named Joe Jordan their new Director of Player Development. Jordan, who spent the last seven years as the Orioles' director of amateur scouting, will replace former Phillies assistant GM Chuck LaMar. Tyler Kepner of the New York Times calls the move a good hire, noting that Jordan found Jaime Garcia and Josh Johnson, among many others.
- Buster Olney of ESPN writes that J.P. Ricciardi could be a candidate for the Baltimore Orioles' vacant General Manager position. Ricciardi currently oversees the New York Mets' professional scouting. Among the other candidates are: former DBacks GM Josh Byrnes, former Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker, and Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine.
- Justin Doubleday of WEEI, meanwhile, lists a bunch of candidates to replace Theo Epstein in Boston. Jon Heyman already noted that Ben Cherrington could fill the vacancy, and Doubleday also points this out, noting that he's been a part of the Red Sox organization since 1998. Additional candidates include Kim Ng, Jed Hoyer, and Billy Beane, as well as most of those candidates for Baltimore's GM position.