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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: May 25, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:12 am

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Welcome to the FENWAY FUNHOUSE....stepright up and get a beer and some fried chicken and watch some porn videos..and watch those other millionaire fools pretend like they are playing baseball for RSN,  while us floppy pitchers put the blame on our Mommy Francoma. We got our money and fame..... besides we need a rest because we are just tired...and out of shape....after all most of us will be around next year while Terry and Theo get the least one of them will do play by play for ESPN out of charity for what nice guys they were. The other one will do just nicely spending wasted money with some other team while being paid millions. Such is life in the FENWAY FUNHOUSE as we try to copy the BRONX ZOO.

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:08 am

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Kingratt, if we could harness your brain power we could light a half watt lightbulb for alomst a whole second. The Red Sox have imploded in a monumental way, Francona is out and Epstein has one foot out the door and the other in a rollerskate. Someone in their clubhouse has spilled the beans on bullpen beer, video games and fried chicken (it's rumored Red Sox chicken is fried in transfats, too) The Yankees don't need an excuse, they lost IN THE PLAYOFFS, you know the PLAYOFFS, the thing the Red Sox missed again. The Red Sox led Tampa by 9 games going into the last month and blew it, you drooling chowduh monkey, that is choking. The Yankees should hang their heads in shame having only won 27 World Series and made the playoffs 16 out of the last 17 years. Your post is a drop in your oceanic stupidity. If your IQ were 1 point higher you would be an open bag of Funyons.

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:43 pm

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Yes Kingratt, that's very clever, the Yankees the playoffs. With the exception of Sabathia I'm sure the Yankees aren't eating fried chicken in the bullpen.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:16 pm

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Theo isn't worth a top prospect.  Baker, sure.  But anything other than cash, nope.  There are other options out there.  

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:31 pm

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

BTW - Bill Parcels and Drew Bledsoe, along with the Krafts are what shaped this team.  They were heading to ST Louis until this family stepped in, hired Bill Parcels, and Drew Bledsoe was unbelievable. 

Drew was hurt and almost died due to his injury and Tom Brady stepped in.

The first super bowl could not have been won unless Drew stepped in for a touchdown drive.  Then the rest is history for Tom Brady.

Great stuff.

Yankees do really suc@

Theo is WAAAAY overrated and the Cubs fans are worshipping a false divinity - why torture the Cubs fans even more!

BTW - Cubs fans were abusive to Bartman - they should already be ashamed.  They blew it not because of that but only because they are incompetent and making yet another mistake!

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:25 pm

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Didn't 't you read henry's comments he said he didn't want Crawford , buthe doesn't make the baseball decisions his baseball people do .that's why he signed off on it and that is why he will win again , once Cherrington cleans up Epstein's mess , remember it was Cherrington who made the Beckett , Lowell trade that won the 07 championship for the sox while Theo was running around in a gorilla suit after quitting for 2 months in 06. ( Epstein also sai he would not have made that trade and without it the sox would never had won in 07 ). So I say don't let the door hit you on the way ou Epstein

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:24 pm

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Didn't think of it that way and that makes way too much sense for MLB!!!


Although I think you are giving Theo WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAy too much credit.  He is no Bill Belichek, and I can't wait to see his 2nd and 3rd years there.  The Cubs have tons of money so I hope they plan on spending and wasting 70% of it on lazy players.

Did they really review this guys resume????

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:15 pm

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Just like the jets did to get bill parcels from the patriots and in return the patriots traded a first round draft pick o get bill Belichik best trade the pats ever made.... Sox should either get a player or make the cubs take epstein's guy lackey with him , if not make him sit a year then the cubs would be really screwed they woul have to hire a gm or wait a year for epstin

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:13 pm

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation must be a NY fan.

Theo caused this mess so lets see if he can bring it in his journeys!

JETS fan?  You sound like a bombastic moron, probably from the Bronx.  Did you have a salami sub tonight?

If you are a Yankees fan then - uhhhhmmmmmm where are you now?  Nice showing in the playoffs. 

Giants?  I don't mind and think they will cover this weekend :)  I don't hate all NY'ers

Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:49 pm

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Red Sox want to trade their GM for players - now THAT'S Priceless!<br />

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