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Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said from the start that his search for a new general manager would be kept under wraps.As the Cubs come close to finalizing a deal for Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, that low-key approach apparently extends to manager Mike Quade as well.
"I really did vanish for a week and then I've got 80 million texts and phone calls from people to get back to," Quade said Wednesday during an MLB Network Radio interview. "Everyone assumes I'm in the loop and understand. Look, Tom was going to do this search and if in fact it's Theo, I know it was someone he was probably looking at first and foremost."
Epstein agreed to a five-year deal to run the Cubs' baseball operations, with compensation for Boston the final step before it becomes official, according to sources.
Quade's first full season as Cubs manager resulted in the organization's second straight fifth-place finish in the NL Central.Quade and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo are under contract for next season, but the rest of the coaching staff is not. After a 71-91 finish, Quade told his coaches not under contract to listen to any outside offers.
With one year and $1 million remaining on his deal, Quade, who is 94-104 as the Cubs' manager, faces an uncertain future no matter who Chicago's general manager will be.
"Tom was up-front with me from the get-go," Quade said. "I understand going in that this was going to be a long process. I've probably lost way more sleep during the season trying to solve problems and figure things out than I have with the current search and what may or may not happen.
"It's a huge decision for the organization general manager-wise, and obviously they've got their sights set on one of the best in the business."