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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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Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Since Epstein is the person who made the mistake of signing Lackey, it is only appropriate he take Lackey with him to Chicago as part of the deal.  The Red Sox won't have to get any existing Cub player in the deal and they still come out a winner by getting rid of Lackey


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:16 pm
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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:12 pm
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Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Maybe this will end similarly to the Red Sox - A-Rod scenario in 2003. The Sox and Cubs will go back and forth, then the deal will fall apart, AND THEN the Yankees will swoop in and steal Epstein.


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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:01 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:50 am
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Yes the Red Sox showed their hands. Personally as a Cubs fan, I will wait another year with an interm GM until Theo is officially "on the market". We can wait another year, hell we have waited 108 years as it is and get Theo for just his contract rate. If the Sox can get cash and a prosepct or two for theo, do it. If they want anything in return for Theo that is. 



Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:47 am
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Lackey needs to go regardless. He proved this year that he is a cancer. I would attempt to trade Lackey for Randy Wells straight up. Wells was hurt in the beginning of last year but came on strong in the second half. Also, he broke in the majors as a catcher so you know he is tough.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:46 am
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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:46 am
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Exactly.  Wait them out. Red Sox will not take him back now and they won't pay his salary next year either.  So wait them out and let the Red Sox release him from his contract.  Then there will be no restrictions and Theo can take anyone he wants.



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:44 am
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Seriously? The Sox showed their hand ? The Cubs said earlier in the summer that they would love to have Theo as a GM. The Cubs, as far as I know, didn't even interview anyone else.  None of can comment to what the Sox are asking for is outrageous because we don't know what Theo's list is for who he wants to take with him. Sox are given up a GM they groomed to be considered a top GM and who has ONE more year on his contract. They should in fact get everything they can get and block who ever they don't want to go from going with Theo. The Cubs and Sox are competition in the same field for the same product. Sox are doing due-dilligence


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