Theo's patient plan will go only so far

A major-market team can't wait years on its young talent to restore it to relevance

Updated: June 15, 2012, 11:46 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- On a sunny day when his former last-place team met up with his current last-place team, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was resplendent in his equanimity.

At his new home, foundations for sustained success are being built, losses are being tolerated, hitting coaches are being fired and high-priced veterans are being dangled. Aside from Boston being in town, Friday was just another day for the new Mr. Cub.

Dressed casually in a polo shirt for a blistering ...

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