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Red Sox, Cubs compensation deadline looms

Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 1:21 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans

Remember that whole compensation thing that held up Theo Epstein's departure from Boston? Well, it appears it will be going to the judge… or at least the commissioner, Bud Selig.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told the Boston Globe that there has been no real progress on the talks between the two, and with Tuesday being the deadline for the two to work it out, Selig will likely determine what the Red Sox get in return for their former general manager.

"It's a difficult deal to work out because it's too hard to quantity the value of Theo Epstein," Cherington told the Globe's Peter Abraham. "I have an idea of it and Theo doesn't think he's worth as much as I do. We haven't been able to bridge that game yet."

The new Boston GM did say he hadn't talked much with the old GM -- "We've talked a little bit but he's pretty busy with other things and so have we," Cherington said.

Cherington said he would take one more stab at resolving the compensation issue, but didn't sound hopeful.

Cherington said each side would make a case before either Selig or his representative, and then Selig will make a ruling. Some seemed to see Selig's involvement as meddling, but at this point, it's a necessary evil to get this done and put behind everyone.

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Comments

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Red Sox, Cubs compensation deadline looms

i don't see what the big hurry is. isn't this like a player to be named later.i've seen trades made at the end of spring training that the player to be named later does happen til months later.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:07 am
 

Red Sox, Cubs compensation deadline looms

um no



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:36 am
 

Red Sox, Cubs compensation deadline looms

For sure, Selig is a weak commissioner and may kowtow to the Cubs more than the Red Sox. But I think he will realize that the Red Sox were benevolent enough to let Theo go to the Cubs before compensation was done, and thus should not be short changed. Also what he decides here can serve as a precedent for later similar deals as this, so he can’t play it too one-sided.

For that matter, the Cubs really have no solid prospects in their system, so high- and mid-level would be about the same quality. Unless we are talking a major league player (which I highly doubt), the players that will be involved will likely not impact either club in the long run, at least not directly.




Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Red Sox, Cubs compensation deadline looms

i don't know man - the Red Sox lost their leverage when they let Theo sign - they could have paid him to sit out the year.  Personally, I think if you allow a guy to go and break his contract, you should get nothing. 

2 mid level prospects at the most - Selig loves the Cubs and wants the Chicago market strong.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Red Sox, Cubs compensation deadline looms

i know people are kidding but the Red Sox are not going to take the Cubs garbage (unless the Cubs are willing to take Red Sox garbage). The Red Sox still have the upper hand here as they were willing to let Theo walk. They didn't have to do that. I predict at least one or two of the higher Cub prospects will go to the Red Sox.




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Red Sox, Cubs compensation deadline looms

Epstein was under contract to the Red Sox. They didn't have to let him out of the deal. They don't have to except what the Cubs are offering. They don';t have to agree with what Selig has to say, or what he decides is fair compensation. They let him resgn and sign with the Cubs before compensation was determined because they wanted the upperhand in the compensation discuassion. They will get what they want, and that is the art of the deal.



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Red Sox, Cubs compensation deadline looms

WHAT ABOUT CUBS SENDING OVER ZAMBRANO AND SORIANO AND IN RETURN REDSOX SENDING EPSTEIN AND A PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER!!!!!!




Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Red Sox, Cubs compensation deadline looms

Wood and Pena arent even under contract.... Before you try to be funny maybe you should do you research d bag



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Cubs Compensation

A good trade for these two teams would be sending from the Cubs to the Red Sox's: Carlos Zambrano P/DH, Kerry Wood -P, Alfonso Soriano-OF, Carlos Pena-1B.  



Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Red Sox, Cubs compensation deadline looms

Can you throw JD drew and Crawford, in there too.


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