10/24 Cubs-Red Sox deadline set
After Theo Epstein is introduced in Chicago Tuesday as president of baseball operations, he will get to work on a deal for himself. The Cubs and Red Sox were unable to determine compensation for Epstein, who is leaving Boston after nearly 10 years. Those talks were put on hold after Epstein resigned as Boston’s GM on Friday. If the Cubs and Red Sox cannot determine compensation, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Sunday that he would intervene.
“They have until Nov. 1 — Theo and Ben [Cherington] and all the parties involved,” Selig told Comcast SportsNet New England prior to Game 4 of the World Series in Arlington, Texas. “Hopefully, they can get things done. I always encourage clubs to try to get things done between themselves. Somehow, the commissioner has enough things of controversy [to deal with].
“They’ll either get it done or they won’t,” Selig said. “If they don’t, then I will.”
Cherington will be named Epstein’s successor at a news conference on Tuesday at Fenway Park.
– Carrie Muskat