I wish I could say this was surprising, but the Red Sox ownership couldn’t do anything that would surprise me.
The Cubs have been denied permission to ask about Lovullo’s availability for their managerial job, at least for now, as Red Sox higher-ups are claiming their agreement to allow Theo Epstein to leave to become Cubs president prohibits him from hiring away Red Sox employees.
Lovullo, the Red Sox bench coach, would appear to be a serious managerial candidate for the Cubs — if only he was given a chance by his current bosses. But at this point, Red Sox management isn’t allowing Epstein to ask for permission to interview Lovullo.
The Cubs were hoping to have a manager in place by the GM meetings next week in Orlando, so the goal was to hire a manager this week. If they believe it’s worth waiting for Lovullo, that may not happen.