Results tagged ‘ Red Sox ’

1/4 Garza rumors continue

The Cubs are listening to offers for Matt Garza but no team has presented a package of elite prospects that matches what Theo & Co. want in return. On Wednesday, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that Major League sources are saying the Cubs will part with Garza if another team is willing to deal three prospects from a team’s “A” list. The Red Sox, Yankees, and Blue Jays were known to be interested in Garza. The Cubs have entertained offers for the right-hander.

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit News that he did not offer pitching prospect Jacob Turner for Matt Garza. The Tigers did actively pursue Gio Gonzalez but Dombrowski said there are no ongoing trade talks for starting pitching. Says Dombrowski: “There’s been a lot of things written in recent weeks that have been totally incorrect.”

– Carrie Muskat

12/20 Changing Sox

According to WEEI Boston, the Cubs have hired Red Sox area scout Matt Dorey to be a national crosschecker. Part of the Cubs-Red Sox agreement to allow Theo Epstein to leave Boston included restrictions on who he could take with him. Although Epstein cannot hire anyone from the Red Sox top-tier level in baseball operations, he can add at least one person. Dorey had been an evaluator in Louisiana and Texas the last two years, and started with the Red Sox under current Cubs exec Jason McLeod. Among the players credited to Dorey are right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, third baseman Garin Cecchini, and outfielders Kendrick Perkins and Lucas LeBlanc.

The Cubs also have reportedly hired former Red Sox pro scout Kyle Evans, who apparently was leaving the Red Sox. WEEI says Epstein also may try to hire former Red Sox VP of international scouting and player personnel Craig Shipley, who left Boston after he was replaced last month. Shipley was one of Epstein’s first front office hires in 2002.

Epstein reportedly cannot hire anyone from the Red Sox office for three years, according to

– Carrie Muskat


11/17 Compensation talks on hold

Theo Epstein says compensation talks between the Cubs and Red Sox have been tabled until after the Rule 5 Draft in early December. The Red Sox want some type of compensation because Epstein left Boston with one year remaining on his contract.

“Ben [Cherington, Red Sox GM] and I talked, and we agreed that it makes sense to put it off until after the Rule 5 Draft,” Epstein said Thursday as he left the General Manager Meetings in Milwaukee. “Some things will be more clear — rosters and what not. There’s nothing to report on except that we’ve agreed to re-engage after the Rule 5 Draft. It’s very amicable. Lots of jokes about it. We’ll see if we can get something done after the Rule 5 Draft.”

Major League Baseball will not get involved unless the two teams cannot reach a conclusion, Epstein said.

The other GMs have had a good time with the topic, kidding Epstein as to how much he’s worth.

“Trust me, there are lots of jokes going on about it,” Epstein said. “The good ones can’t be repeated.”

– Carrie Muskat

11/16 Sveum meeting

It may simply be a matter of semantics, but the Cubs are not characterizing their meeting Wednesday with Dale Sveum as a second interview. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been following up with the managerial candidates by phone, and are taking advantage of Sveum being in Milwaukee. Sveum is scheduled to meet with the Red Sox again Wednesday, including ownership. The Cubs have been in contact with Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, who has to determine if he’s willing to move his family again. He has two college age daughters. That is apparently still an issue.

– Carrie Muskat

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

11/13 Epstein goes to bat for Vermont

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein took part Saturday night in “Batting for Vermont,” a fundraiser to help Vermont residents devastated by Hurricane Irene. Epstein had committed to the event before he joined the Cubs, and flew back to Boston this weekend, then drove to Randolph, Vt., to take part.

According to WEEI’s Alex Speier, Epstein said that despite his new job with the Cubs, he will remain a Red Sox fan. He’s followed the team since he was 4 years old.

“It’s always going to be a part of me,” Epstein said. “I’m not going to try to take it and deny that. It’s in pretty deep in the blood running through my veins. I’ll still follow the Red Sox. I think we’re allowed one American League team to pull for a little bit.”

Epstein did say “the way [he is] wired” made it necessary for him to seek a new challenge, which is one of the reasons he left Boston to take the Cubs’ job.

– Carrie Muskat

11/10 Compensation still to be determined

Ben Cherington and Theo Epstein will meet next week at the GM meetings in Milwaukee to try and finalize what compensation the Red Sox will receive for letting Epstein out of his contract to join the Cubs.

“Theo and I have spoken a couple of times since I talked to you guys last,” said Cherington, the Red Sox GM. “We traded some ideas and don’t have anything to report yet, but there’s at least been a couple more conversations.”

During the World Series, MLB commissioner Bud Selig set a Nov. 1 deadline but both teams have since been busy setting up their front offices, engaging free agents and interviewing managers. Epstein had one year remaining on his contract as Boston’s GM, but left to become the Cubs president of baseball operations.

“The Commissioner’s office is giving us some leeway on it if we feel like there’s progress being made,” Cherington said Wednesday in Boston. “I think we’ll give ourselves until next week. We’ll see each other in person next week. At least give ourselves until then to see if there’s something we can’t figure out.”

– Carrie Muskat

11/2 Search begins for Red Sox, Cubs

Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington worked together on a list of possible manager candidates before Epstein left the Red Sox to join the Cubs. Now, both teams are looking for managers.

“There may be some people that we both talk to,” said Cherington, who took over the Red Sox as GM when Epstein became the Cubs president of baseball operations. “That hasn’t happened yet because they haven’t started their [search] yet, and I don’t know how they’re going to start theirs. But it’s possible that we’ll be talking to some of the same people.”

Cherington told reporters in Boston that the Cubs and Red Sox are looking for different things in a manager.

“The teams are different, the teams are at different stages, the cities are different,” Cherington said. “I think that what the right manager in Boston is not necessarily the right manager in Chicago, or the right manager in Chicago is not necessarily the right manager in Boston.

“Theo and I may agree on a lot of stuff, but I don’t think we’re looking for the same person in this particular case.”

Cherington did acknowledge the list they put together after Terry Francona left.

“And since Theo’s left, our list has probably changed a little bit,” Cherington said. “I don’t know what his list looks like. I think that this hire in Boston, Theo mentioned this before, the manager-general manager relationship is critical. It’s got to be one where you can develop a mutual respect. You can disagree and argue and wake up the next morning and go back to work together. So, that personal relationship is key, and the person that I would develop that kind of working relationship may be different than the person that Theo would. I don’t think we’re looking for the same person, even if some of the candidates we might consider may be similar.”

– Carrie Muskat

11/1 Theo on Big Z, Ramirez & more

Theo Epstein says he would like to talk to Carlos Zambrano before deciding what the Cubs will do regarding the right-hander. Epstein did speak to Zambrano’s agent, Barry Praver. Zambrano was scheduled to pitch this weekend in the Venezuelan Winter League for Caribes, and threw 40 pitches on Tuesday in a side session. He has not pitched in a game since Aug. 12 when he left the Cubs game in Atlanta.

“I have had conversations with Barry Praver, Carlos’ representative, and that was an enlightening conversation,” Epstein said Tuesday. “I sat down with a number of guys who have been here, working alongside Carlos during his Cubs career. That was also enlightening. Now it’s just a matter of processing the information, putting it together, following up directly with Carlos and seeing what’s best for the Cubs. That’s what’s most important.”

* As for Aramis Ramirez, he still has to declare his side of the mutual option. The Cubs said they would pick up the $16 million option for next year. If Ramirez declines, as is expected, he will be a free agent.

“He had a terrific career with the Cubs while he was here,” Epstein said, talking in past tense about the third baseman. “We certainly wish him well in the future. I wouldn’t rule anything out but given his position as the top free agent third baseman, it’s certainly a likelihood that another team will make him a contract that appeals to him and we’ll be looking for different solutions.”

* On the topic of compensation between the Red Sox and Cubs for Epstein, he said MLB may give the two teams an extension. Tuesday was supposed to be the deadline for the two teams to finalize compensation. The Cubs and Padres also must determine compensation for Hoyer, but they have until early December.

 — Carrie Muskat

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


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