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Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:42 am
Edited on: October 14, 2011 4:14 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The big non-playoff story right now is easily the poaching of Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. Pretty much every reporter with sources around the Cubs and Red Sox has gotten word that Epstein has accepted a five-year deal to take over the Cubs. The title has yet to be revealed because the deal isn't yet official. The delay is that Epstein still has a year left on his contract and the Red Sox are seeking compensation from the Cubs for letting him walk.

Cubs/Red Sox drama
The assistant general managers -- Randy Bush for the Cubs and Ben Cherington for the Red Sox -- are doing the negotiating and then reporting to ownership before anything would be made official.

And after one day of negotiating, reports from both Boston and Chicago indicate the two sides are pretty far apart.

The Cubs only want to send money to the Red Sox, while the Red Sox are insistent on receiving back a package of players. The two sides reportedly didn't give much ground Thursday, so it's at a stand-still right now (Chicago Tribune).

The Boston Globe notes the Red Sox have interest in some of the few attractive prospects from the Cubs system, like Brett Jackson, Matt Szczur, Alberto Cabrera, Jay Jackson and Trey McNutt. The Globe has also reported the Red Sox like major-league utility player Jeff Baker, but he alone wouldn't be enough. In that same entry, it is noted that the Red Sox would love the Cubs to take John Lackey and his gaudy contract, but that is very unlikely.

The Boston Herald says the Red Sox are looking for "something real" in return for Epstein.

So this might drag out for a little bit, but there was one tie that bound every report: There is no indication the deal has a chance to fall through. Eventually, Epstein is going to be headed to Chicago, with something going back to Boston in return. At least that's how things stand Friday, October 14. We'll see how it progresses.

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Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

The compenstation that would most fit the Sox I think is a lot of beer, chicken, and video games.



Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Ricketts should call Lucchino's bluff and wait til next year to sign Epstein. Let's see the continuation of the Red Sox's f'up drama this Fall. They would have a GM that doesn't want to be there and their GM-in-waiting not getting the job he was promised. Take the money to pay for your overpriced free agents from last year and maybe flip them to another team with cash.


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:39 pm
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Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Heck, I'd trade Lackey for a bucket of dirt right now...Tongue out

This will all work out, and somehow Theo will get to the Cubs.



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Sox Nation 09, 
   You seem a little bitter there sport? Are you upset that the Cubs have nearly completed the process of taking away the man that brought you two world series titles? Blame your owner for throwing a temper tantrum and calling out the two men that were key pieces in your title wins. First he fires Tito like a moron (Come on over to the cubs Terry!!!), and then says that after next year Theo is done no matter what. Stop being bitter and realize that your owner threw a fit over one collapse. Hey, it happens, but don't be asinine and say Theo won't make the Cubs winners. He will, althought it will take a little time. Just wait though because in a couple years the Cubs will be winning above 90 games a year consistently with Joe Girardi as manager and Theo Epstein as GM. Damn that is just making me water at the mouth. Now imagine if we got Prince via free agency....



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Hey Theo. America is out of work.
Take a cut $100,000. Any fan can do this job.
This is the problem with our country right now.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:32 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Remain calm nation....clearly the Red Sawx have things under control.  Since they print their own $ they may have to pay genius Theo to sit out if an agreement can`t be reached. How great would that be for Theo who could work on his money ball script.  What could the Cubs have that the Red Sawx actually want besides Starlin Castro?  Even the Cubs wouldn`t give away a talented young SS for a GM would they????  Stay tuned.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

The cubs just want to send money.  What does that do for a team that can already spend like the yankees.  Money is not an issue.  you want to steal our GM give us something good like players.  This already shows that even if the Cubs get Theo he will do them no good as they will never let him build the team they need to win.  The Cubs are a joke and will be for years to come.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

They should make the cubs take lackey and crawford and call it good.


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