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.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.