Yet another loss for struggling Cubs

New Yankee Tanaka could have given franchise a needed boost on and off field

Updated: January 22, 2014, 2:23 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Eleven years ago, Theo Epstein was just months into his tenure as the youngest general manager in baseball, but he already had the moves of a rock star.

In a bold move, the Boston Red Sox wunderkind rented out all the available rooms in a Nicaragua hotel to keep the New York Yankees away from Cuban free agent Jose Contreras.

Epstein and a colleague spent the night wooing Contreras, having drinks, smoking fat cigars and feeling great about a future together.

Then ...

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