Blog Entry

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:21 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 5:23 pm
 
Theo EpsteinBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Both the Cubs and Red Sox have asked Bud Selig to decide what the compensation for Theo Epstein's move to Chicago will be, the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer reports.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino initiated the move, according to the report. It's still unclear how long the ruling will take from Selig or what it will be, as there is apparently no precedent for it.

Selig had set a Nov. 1 deadline for the compensation, but that was later extended indefinitely.

Lucchino has apparently asked for the likes of Matt Garza or Cubs top prospect Brett Jackson, which the Cubs have determined to be too costly.

In 1994, the Cubs sent a Class A pitcher (Hector Trinidad) to the Twins in return for the poaching of GM Andy MacPhail. Trinidad never reached the majors.

The Red Sox -- pointing toward Epstein's five-year, $18.5 million contract -- are claiming Epstein is more valuable than a low-level prospect, while Epstein has been left to downplay his own value.

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



Comments

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:07 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

God Lucchino is such an idiot. Quick, somebody tackle him before he destroys this team even more.



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:01 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

I have to comment on this because it just seems so rediculous. Matt Garza for Theo Epstein are you crazy?! Brett Jackson for Theo Epstein for reals? I can see why there has been no compensation given to the Red Sox yet, it's because they must be nuts! Honestly, if the Red Sox really thought he was worth that much they should have got a deal in place BEFORE releasing him from his contract. Now they are going to have to take what they get, there is no way they are getting either of these players, none. The Red Sox need to come back to earth and discuss real options that they would accept and stop being crazy or they will end up with a low A prospect.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:47 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

Trade Garza to my Tigers and there won't be any problems



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

Theo in a tough spot. If he isn't worth much, then the Cubs ought to ask for some money back.
If he IS worth that much, then he has to give away a top player.
Only in America.





Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:31 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

The longer this goes on the bigger the situation becomes.  Theo was allowed to get out of his contract to get promoted to President of Baseball Operations in Chicago and be the highest paid exec in the league.  The Cubs are all in on this.

Why was the compensation not resolved before he left?  That made no sense.  Did somebody trust that everyone would follow through?.....and then letting Theo negotiate his own "value" of compensation.

Its all screwy, and the Sox showed good faith which makes them the fool IMO.




Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:31 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

Someone buy Bud Light a calender. He said he would decide it November 1st if they couldn't agree.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:14 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

The compensation should be conditional. If the Cubs make the playoffs, or even win 90 games, in 2012 or 2013, then they should give up their first round draft pick. If they can't win 90 games in the next two years, then maybe Theo wasn't worth all that much afterall.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

I was wondering what happened to this issue! Well if I were the Red Sox I would ask for Garza or Jackson, and I bet they will get it. They shouldn't just get a Class A player for a man who is now President of Baseball Operations for the Cubs.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:08 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

The Sox definately should get some compensation for Theo Epstein.  Matt Garza or a top 5 prospect is kind of an unrealistic request from Lucchino.  But hey he deserves credit for trying to negotiate for a top piece in The Cubs organization.  Theo 
was the GM for two World Series Championships!  Enough said!  I'm sure Ben Cherington will do well -  he and Hoyer were co GM's while Theo was on a brief leave of abscence.  Lucchino is smart to ask Selig to step in and make a decision.  The Sox and Theo are at odds and Theo doesn't want to help his former employer.  The Sox deserve to be compensated and Mr Selig will make a decision for both teams.  Maybe a top 10 prospect will be part of Seligs decision. 



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Red Sox ask Selig for help

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess your a Yankee fan.  Assuming anyone wanted your GM, I'd bet you would want a solid major league player OR a top 5 prospect.

I do agree that the #1 pitching prospect in the organization may be a bit steep, especially since they were thinking of canning him anyway, but there are compensation rules for a reason....there is a value to the person that they poached and that value is not a guy who has a 1 in 20 chance of ever making an impact in the majors.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com