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Mike Quade Fired

November 3, 2011 by staff 

Mike Quade Fired, The Chicago Cubs, Mike Quade was fired Wednesday in the first major move since Theo Epstein became president of baseball operations team.

Quade said Epstein would not return after traveling to Florida to tell him in person. Quade called an “outstanding baseball man,” but said it was time for a change.

Quade, 54, got the job after a hearing in the final 37 games of the 2010 season, replacing Lou Piniella, on an interim basis. The Cubs were 24-13 and was elected into the Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg for the latest season. But the Cubs finished fifth in the Central Division of the National League with a record of 71-91.

Epstein Sandberg spoke on Wednesday and told him that was not in the plans of the Cubs. MLB.com reported that the Cardinals have requested and received permission to interview the Phillies for Sandberg opening.

A potential candidate for Chicago could be Terry Francona.

Arizona: Infielder John McDonald came to an agreement over a period of two years, and 3 million contract to stay with the Diamondbacks.

Los Angeles: The process of finding a new Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, began when Major League Baseball issued a joint statement saying they had agreed to court-supervised sale of the franchise once glamorous and now bankrupt. While the sides hope for a quick agreement, McCourt giving the money to pay his divorce settlement in April, sales of MLB may continue for six months to more than one year. Once the bidders are identified, the court may conduct an auction. The sale price of the rights of the team, stadium and television land: and a billion or more. The price will probably break the record for a baseball franchise, surpassing the 845 million paid by the Ricketts family for the Cubs in 2009. Co-owner Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, and Pittsburgh Penguins owner Ron Burkle co-have been mentioned as possibilities. Asian investors have been investigated. The former agent Dennis Gilbert, a friend of White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, will bring together a group.

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