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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: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Oh well, if the deal falls through, Andy MacPhail is available for the Cubs. F-A-I-L



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

It's up to the Cubs what they have available....  And they ain't taking Lackey, though the Red Sox can have Baker!!



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

redsox havent annouced a new GM yet. Everyone knows who it will be but nothing official. It would be kinda stupid to go out and name Cherington the GM right now, And the redsox know better then thta. And all this talk about Castro is nonsense he wouldnt be in any compensation package. The Redsox have the upper hand in all this and they aint gonna back down at all. Remember the Marlins gave up Prospects for Ozzie Guillen and that is what the Redsox are using as an example, With a GM being little more important then a manager the sox will end up getting what they want. And im sure MLB wants this issue solved before the World Series starts, So the top Story can be about that and not about a GM signing.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Castro?  dream on.  The Cubs arent giving anything near a player of that quality for a gm. Maybe they get a top ten prospect.  How did you come up with Castro? 



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Why is someone asking Theo to take a pay cut?  Did i miss something in the article?   Come on Theo give up 100k!  Lets start a movement.  READ THE ARTICLE before posting a comment.



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

I find it odd that this wasn't agreed upon in principle before Boston allowed the Cubs to talk to Epstein.   The Red Sox could hold out for Castro, and the Cubs are put in kind of an awkward position.  I have a hunch MLB is going to have to step in, especially since the Red Sox announced a new GM..



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

The Cubs should give the Red Sox Soriano and the middle finger...take it or leave it.



brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:54 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox, Cubs far away on compensation

Brian8ball,
       Because he expressed interest and said it would be really awesome to manage the Cubs at some point in his career....Either way, they will be better because of THeo and any manager will be a step up from Quade. The man is a bum 



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:43 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.
I love it when hippies, crotchety old farts, and other worthless individuals don't even RTFA before posting a comment.


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