Could the return of Theo Epstein to Boston mean the eventual return of Larry Lucchino to Washington? Epstein's abrupt departure from the team on Halloween was reportedly the result of a power struggle between he and Lucchino. Could this move be a sign that Lucchino, who has long-standing connections to Washington, has not necessarily lost the power struggle in Boston, but has an opportunity for greener pastures in DC?
"The team would not comment on how Epstein will fit into the organization's hierarchy, but Henry denied that Lucchino's role was diminished to lure Epstein back." (via Boston.com 1/19/2006)
"Larry's role does not change...Details next week." (Red Sox Principal owner John W. Henry via Boston.com 1/19/2006)
Look for Lucchino to be named president and head of baseball operations of the Washington Nationals as soon as Jeff Smulyan is handed the keys to the franchise (which could be a while).