Results tagged ‘ Red Sox ’

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

10/29 Cubs, Red Sox face deadline

Tuesday is the deadline for the Cubs and Red Sox to reach an agreement on compensation for Theo Epstein. If not, MLB commissioner Bud Selig will step in. On Friday, Selig said he may have to decide which Minor League players go to the Red Sox.

“They have until Nov. 1 … before this comes to me,” Selig said prior to Game 7 of the World Series in St. Louis. “If I had to guess it’ll be another thing that I have to deal with on Nov. 1.”

Epstein, who left Boston to become the Cubs president of baseball operations, has been negotiating with his replacement, new Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. The two teams were unable to settle on compensation before Epstein left Boston because the Cubs did not establish parameters as to what players would be available to the Red Sox. Boston aimed high, asking for Matt Garza or Starlin Castro.

— Carrie Muskat

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


10/23 Theo says goodbye to Red Sox nation

Theo Epstein, who will be introduced Tuesday as the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s Boston Globe to say goodbye to Red Sox Nation. Here’s the text:

10 Years
Two Championships
Countless Memories
Infinite Thanks

Dear Red Sox Nation:

Thank you.

It’s been a privilege to be a part of the Red Sox for the last decade and an honor to work alongside some of the most talented and dedicated people in baseball. I’m proud of all we accomplished together.

Thank you to our ownership group. John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino and their partners have a commitment to excellence that permeates through all levels of the organization, and I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity they gave me and for their unwavering dedication to winning.

Thank you to Ben Cherington and the incredibly hard-working and talented people in our baseball operations group, and to everyone in the Red Sox front office. Working together has been an amazing experience, and our friendships will last a lifetime.

Thank you to the players, the coaches, and to Tito for their tireless effort and for redefining what it means to wear the Red Sox uniform.

Thank you to the Fenway faithful. You’ve been the driving force behind two World Championships, six playoff appearances, more than 700 consecutive sell-outs and some of the most dramatic moments in sports.

And most of all, thank you for supporting something much more important than any game: investment in the lives of thousands of Greater Boston kids. Your generosity has enabled the Foundation To Be Named Later to provide $5 million in grants to young people in need, fund 19 college scholarships, and host 3,200 children to Red Sox and Celtics games.

The Foundation will continue its efforts and I look forward to seeing you at Hot Stove Cool Music at the Paradise in January.

Thank you for all 10 incredible years. Go Sox.


Theo Epstein


— Carrie Muskat

10/20 Red Sox owner: Solution “not close”

Theo Epstein continued to work at Fenway Park Thursday while the Red Sox and Cubs discussed compensation options to allow the 37-year-old general manager to take over baseball operations in Chicago. No news conference was scheduled at Wrigley Field for Friday, which is the travel day for the World Series. Several reports said Epstein could be introduced at that time, but such an announcement would have to be approved by MLB because of the blackout imposed during the World Series. CBS Sportsline reported Thursday no one from the Cubs had asked MLB for permission to hold a news conference.

Depending on where you were, resolution was either imminent or not close. On Thursday, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago and both reported the two teams were close to finalizing an agreement to bring Epstein to Chicago. quoted a “source with knowledge of the negotiations” as saying, “The two sides are on the 5-yard line.”

However, Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Globe Thursday the deal was “not close.” Boston assistant GM Ben Cherington, expected to be promoted when Epstein leaves, also told the Globe that reports of a deal were “premature.” Baseball sources also confirmed to that it was too soon to say the deal was complete. reported the deal was delayed so the Red Sox could review Cubs’ prospects medical exams.

The Cubs would not comment on the reports.

Multiple reports have Epstein hiring Jed Hoyer, currently the Padres’ general manager, to become the Cubs’ GM. The Padres were not expected to ask for compensation for Hoyer.  Epstein also was expected to add Padres assistant general manager Jason McLeod to the Cubs staff, according to multiple reports. McLeod was the director of amateur scouting in Boston with Epstein. Among the players he picked in the First-Year Player Draft were Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholtz, Daniel Bard, and Justin Masterson.

— Carrie Muskat