Theo Epstein: Manny Machado-to-Cubs talk is ‘out there in fantasy land’

The Cubs frequently come up as a potential landing spot for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, but Cubs president Theo Epstein, appearing on 670 The Score radio in Chicago, says it’s way too early for those kinds of rumors that he described as out in fantasy land.

Still, despite having built World Series-winning teams for the Red Sox and Cubs and their feverish fan bases, Epstein admits he’s been caught off-guard by the media frenzy over Machado — a three-time All-Star at only 25 — perhaps landing with the Cubs.

Before any moves will be made, Epstein wants his team to figure itself out: I only see value in deals that I think make us better for the short term in terms of helping us win a World Series and leave us in a good position in the long term as well — or balancing those two, where the organization ultimately benefits.

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch will be managing the American League squad, which will be constructed through fan and player voting and some selections from Hinch himself.

I feel like if he did (select me), it would just be to get me to throw an extra inning, Price said Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald. And that would be a pretty pro move on his part. I’ll come up with something, if I am an All-Star, so I won’t have to pitch. I’ll play a lot of Fortnite the night before, so I’ll be down (unavailable).

Price was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome earlier this season and it was speculated that Price’s video game habit was to blame. He said in May that that while video games might have contributed to his carpal tunnel, they were not to blame for the origin of the swelling in his left thumb, index finger and middle finger. He said he’d stop playing Fortnite at the park to limit the distraction it caused.