11/15 Compensation, Castro & more

Theo Epstein and Boston GM Ben Cherington have had a few conversations regarding compensation to the Red Sox. Epstein left Boston with one year remaining on his contract, and the Cubs and Red Sox have been trying to settle on compensation. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig may need to arbitrate. The Cubs and Padres also have to determine compensation for GM Jed Hoyer. “It won’t potentially involve the commissioner,” Hoyer said, smiling.

* Hoyer and Epstein will meet shortstop Starlin Castro this weekend for the first time. Castro was scheduled to come to Chicago for an autograph signing event. “When we played against the Cubs this year, he’s a very dangerous at-bat, and you’re thinking, ‘Wow, this guy is 21 years old,'” Hoyer said. “He’s got work to be done on parts of his game but this guy is a special talent. Hopefully, he can work to become an elite talent.”

* A decision has not been made on whether Andrew Cashner will be a starter or reliever. “I think he’s a rare guy who could do both,” Hoyer said.

* Epstein and Hoyer are meeting with agents re: free agents, and talking to teams about possible trades at the General Managers Meetings in Milwaukee. “We’re still very much in the information gathering mode on all of that stuff [re: free agents],” Hoyer said. “We’re not really in a position to rule out much at this point. We’re going to listen on a lot of things and think about a lot of things. I’d be misleading if I started to dice up the free agent pool too much.”

– Carrie Muskat

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