While the Cubs chairman has scored low on the baseball IQ chart since taking over the team, Tom Ricketts is starting to show some savvy after scoring Theo Epstein to replace Jim Hendry as GM. Unfortunately, Ricketts’ attempts to pawn off both Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano to Boston have not been met with exuberance.

“If they want, I’m also willing to throw in Marlon Byrd,” said Ricketts. “This is a win-win for all involved.”

The Red Sox seem to disagree, arguing that they want “something or someone of value” in exchange for losing Epstein. Ever the shrewd negotiator, Ricketts did offer the Red Sox some additional items to sweeten the pot.

“Three cases of bison dogs outta do it,” he said. “And if that’s not enough, hell, they can have Crane Kenney.”

By Jeremy Barewin

Jeremy Barewin