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The Cubs don’t need no stinkin’ Baseball Information

Theo Epstein, Kenny Williams

** CORRECTS TITLE TO PRESIDENT OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS ** Chicago Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, left, talks with Chicago White Sox’s General Manager Kenny Williams before an interleague baseball game between the White Sox and Cubs Monday, June 18, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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The Cubs restructured their front office a bit on Wednesday, with the departure of Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita drawing the headlines. That’s undoubtedly the biggest change, given that Fleita brought both Starlin Castro and Carlos Marmol into the organization.

Still, what I found especially interesting was that they dropped both their Manager of Baseball Information, Chuck Wasserstrom, and their Manager of Statistical Analysis, Ari Kaplan. Wasserstrom’s position is being eliminated entirely, as the Cubs have decided that can do without a Baseball Information Manager. One wonders if they’ll re-title Kaplan’s old job, considering those two were the only people in the front office listed as Managers.

Fleita, Wasserstrom and Kaplan were all part of the old guard from before Theo Epstein was brought in last fall. Obviously, Epstein is a believer in statistical analysis, but he’ll want some of his own guys doing work there. Kaplan will remain in the organization for now in a consultant role.