Theo Epstein, President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs, lost in thought. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
So read the headline on the Cubs press release announcing VP of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita would "no longer be with the organization. "Dismiss" usually means "fired", though I doubt you'd be able to get anyone with the Cubs to say that, specifically.
Here's a quote from Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein:
"All of us with the Cubs owe Oneri a debt of gratitude for his tremendous service to the organization over many years," said Theo Epstein, President of Baseball Operations. "Oneri has impacted countless people here in a positive way, and we wish him well as he continues his career elsewhere."
Well, that doesn't say much. This move is surprising in that Fleita was given a four-year contract extension late last year by chairman Tom Ricketts, so the Cubs will be paying him for three more years. Fleita had been with the organization since 1995 and in his current job since 2007.
Something tells me we haven't seen the last of moves like this.