10/17 Waiting for Theo, Day 6
The Boston Globe reported Monday that talks between the Cubs and Red Sox to determine compensation for Theo Epstein are ongoing but may not be resolved before the World Series begins. The Red Sox want players in exchange for allowing Epstein to leave with one year remaining on his contract. The Cubs and Epstein has reportedly agreed in principle on a five-year contract in which he would take over the baseball operations.
Major League Baseball discourages teams from making any announcements during the World Series, which begins Wednesday in St. Louis when the Cardinals face the Rangers. The two sides could continue to negotiate but if the World Series goes seven games, it would end Oct. 27.
The Red Sox are believed to be focused on adding pitchers, and one report said they were targeting right-hander Trey McNutt, who is pitching in the Arizona Fall League now.
The Cubs will not comment on the GM search, and the Red Sox have declined to comment on Epstein’s status.
– Carrie Muskat