11/1 Deadline day

Tuesday is the day when the Cubs and Red Sox need to finalize the compensation matter or else MLB commissioner Bud Selig will get involved. New Boston GM Ben Cherington said Monday that he and Theo Epstein were still talking but the commissioner could still intervene.

“It’s possible. We’ve always felt like that was a possibility,” Cherington said to Boston media. “As I think I mentioned in [my introductory] press conference, it’s a difficult deal to work out. It’s hard to quantify the value of Theo Epstein. 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 gap yet. It’s possible we could. Both sides are comfortable with that outcome if it works that way.”

Epstein resigned from the Red Sox to join the Cubs as president of baseball operations. Because he had one year left on his contract in Boston, the Red Sox are to get some compensation. The Red Sox have said they want a player — and actually started talks asking for Matt Garza.

Cherington said that if Tuesday passes and no agreement is reached, a date would be set for both sides to argue their case and Selig and his staff would make their decision based on that. Cherington said he and Epstein had “talked a little bit, but he’s been pretty busy with other things, and so have we.”

“We’ll probably talk again and [Tuesday],” Cherington said.

Cherington didn’t rule out the possibility that someone on his staff could still leave to join Epstein in Chicago — no one has left yet — but said there is an understanding that there would be no large-scale migration. The Red Sox don’t want to block anyone from a promotion.

“We have an understanding on that side of things that if there’s an opportunity for one person in Chicago that’s clearly a better opportunity, that’s good, and we don’t want to stand in anyone’s way,” Cherington said. “There’s an understanding that the Cubs aren’t going to raid the Red Sox and the Red Sox aren’t going to raid the Cubs. It should be a good relationship moving forward. That’s what everyone wants.”

— Carrie Muskat


So, Mr. Cherington, “the Red Sox don’t want to block anyone from a promotion.” Is that really your position for any Red Sox employee? Why then, sir, must the Chicago Cubs compensate the Red Sox for Theo Epstein? Theo is leaving the Boston Red Sox for a promotional opportunity that the Red Sox were not willing to match, right? If the Boston Red Sox want this to go away, simply state that it is now clear that Theo’s position with the Chicago Cubs is a significant promotional opportunity, and as such, the Boston Red Sox will not stand in the way for letting him or any bother Red Sox employee from getting a promitional opportunity with another baseball organization. Such a statement would show the Red Sox as a classy organization that really cares about the development of all of their employees.


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