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I don’t apologize for the relative delay in today’s Theo update – I am not one to post things just to post things, and if there wasn’t anything to say, I wasn’t going to say anything. Of course, after a certain amount of time – and after yesterday’s hoopla about what would be happening today – an update is necessary, even if there isn’t much to say. And, I guess there’s at least a little to say.

  • Well, I violated my own, newly-established rule yesterday. No, not as a writer, but as a fan. The rule? Don’t believe anything about anything with respect to a Theo Epstein deal until the press conference is announced by the Cubs. But when both Dave Kaplan and Bruce Levine – the only two locals who’ve had a decent beat on this thing – say the deal is basically done and a press conference is happening, it’s hard to obey that rule. As things stand, a press conference is looking unlikely today, and the next open day is Tuesday.
  • So, what happened? Obviously Levine and Kaplan were getting their info from the same source, and that source was either overly optimistic, or openly full of shit. Other local media members are speculating that the source is none other than Cubs’ President Crane Kenney (which would certainly explain why Kaplan and Levine are typically among the first to defend Kenney, while the rest of the media abhors him for reasons that remain obscured to peons like us).
  • Kaplan provided an update just a few minutes ago, saying the “parameters” of a deal remain in place, and things are still “on track,” but because Red Sox brass are still taking things personally, they won’t finalize the deal until they’re good and ready. Though Kaplan doesn’t say it, that sounds to me like they are still holding out hope for a little more scratch. About the scratch – the compensation – Kaplan doesn’t know anything more today than he did yesterday. A deal could be finalized at any time.
  • Speaking of the other Chicago media, this issue has raised a bit of a divide between Paul Sullivan and Gordon Wittenmyer, who blame yesterday’s “leak” by Kaplan and Levine for the delay in the deal. Wittenmyer goes so far as drop this bomb: “Amid breathless tweeting and over-reaching blog posts by some Chicago media, the Cubs finished Thursday a lot like they started it: waiting for a compensation deal that has been inevitable for more than a week to get done in time to announce Theo Epstein’s hiring as the team’s baseball boss Friday.” Careful boys, this cat’s got nails.
  • The Boston media, on the other hand, is doing a great job of living into its own stereotypes. Nick Cafardo is shilling for Boston brass (“A source close to Epstein said he is prepared for whatever the outcome is. If the sides can’t agree on compensation, he would return to Boston’s front office. From the Cubs’ perspective, it would be difficult to sell anyone other than Epstein as their savior after he has been built up so much.”), and Pete Abraham is taking shots at Epstein on the way out (“You have to hand it to Theo Epstein. He has spent approximately $450 million over the last three seasons without a playoff win to show for it and got the Cubs to give him a five-year deal with $18.5 million. That’s impressive.”).
  • As I noted last night, Bud Selig has admitted he may have to get involved to force a settlement. I remain of the belief that Selig would be on the Cubs’ side (in this instance). If big market teams can start hoarding young, up-and-coming front office talent, and then demanding huge returns when other (small market, for example) teams come calling with a promotion offer, the league loses parity. Bud don’t like that.
  • As for the San Diego piece of this business, it still looks good for Jed Hoyer to join the Cubs as GM eventually, but it’s pretty clear the Epstein compensation fight is holding things up. No one has reported why – technically, Tom Ricketts could just interview and hire Hoyer – but my guess is, for reasons not perfectly clear, “interviewing” and “hiring” Hoyer is Epstein’s job. Hoyer is sticking to “no comment,” and Josh Byrnes – the man who would replace him in the GM seat in San Diego – says, “hopefully we’ll know soon.” So, we wait.
  • I also noted last night that at least one report said San Diego would be receiving compensation for the Cubs’ purloining Hoyer and assistant GM Jason McLeod. That report is picking up steam, and the prevailing opinion is that (a) the Padres will get a couple of low-level minor leaguers (which, by the way, as a tip to the mainstream media: “low-level” doesn’t mean that the kids aren’t excellent prospects – some of the Cubs’ best prospects are currently at High A or lower), and (b) there won’t be a fight about it. Still – I’m gun shy, even if San Diego does-not-equal Boston.
  • johnbres2

    We all counted our chickens before they were hatched. The Epstein-Hoyer-McLeod front office simply sounds too good to be true, at least for the Chicago Cubs, so it probably is. It seems like anything could happen at this point. Hopefully this delay does not mean the Cubs end up worse off than if they had never sought Theo.

  • Caleb

    First!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Oh Lord, let’s never become “that” place.

      • Caleb

        Had to try at least once.

  • Caleb

    Dammit Jon.

  • Caleb

    Ps. I haven’t been commenting much, but that’s not because I haven’t been reading. You’ve just been kicking ass with your Theo/cub coverage. Mostly I read, nod my head, and say “yeah, man. What he said.” Brett FTW!

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      Caleb I feared you’d tasted some Cardinal blood and started the change.

      • Caleb

        Another crazy comment like that and I’ll have you committed, sir.

  • King

    It sucks, but I think this deal is ready to collapse. There was too much chatter yesterday about a deal being reached pending medicals for there not to be some truth to it so it appears the Red Sox want to delay just for the sake of delay or because of personal vendettas that they have against Theo Epstein or whomever else they are upset with. If that is their goal, then they could keep this going indefinitely. At what point do the Cubs look at the calendar and see that they actually need an organizational plan, and having a front office being held up by grudges is not going to help make decisions about free agents and what have you? When does free agency start this year? 5 days after the World Series? A World Series that could conceivably end on Monday? At what point do the Red Sox’ forced extension of this process begin to actually punish the Cubs more than losing prospects or exhausting their fan base?

  • Caleb

    Pps. Send me all your first year law school outlines.

  • die hard

    Thanks Brett…you are doing all you can to keep us informed. I truly think that Ricketts is the Quade of owners. And this is not encouraging even if Theo et al come over. All that would mean is he would be at their mercy. Buyers remorse for buying Cubs? He could have been Superfan without buying whole team. Buying a skybox would have accomplished same enjoyment without headaches.

    • Jim

      Is die hard actually Steve Rosenbloom?

  • Jason

    My take is Red Sox owners are Angry from what has happened the past 50 days that they are taking their frustration out on the Cubs !! The Owner John Henry is so bitter right now he thinks his only happiness in the world is to stall these negotiations to a Turtle Pace. He’s going to drag this thing out he can’t drag it out anymore.

    • King

      He can drag it out until the end of the current contract with Epstein if he wants to. Even if Selig decides to intervene, what is stopping Henry from pulling the plug and making Epstein honor the contract. If they are delaying the process out of spite, then why not go the whole way?

  • jim

    We need prospects more than gm. Hire stone

    • Alex

      Great Googley Moogley.. I hope you don’t mean Steve Stone.

      What qualifications does he have to run a front office, let alone put one together? It’s always easier to be the guy up in the box criticizing the guy who makes decisions.

      Maybe he should ask his partner how easy it is to be a GM.

  • Kansas Cubs Fan

    So the cubs “leak” is Crane Kenney?

    Well since Ricketts wanted this to be a silent search what are the chances Crane Kenney gets fired?

  • BD

    I still don’t understand how no deal would be worse for the Cubs. I’m not sure what the compensation might be (I would personally give up McNutt), but if the Sawx keep asking for more I would say “Thanks, but not thanks.” We’ll find another GM who can start building this year until Theo comes in 2012 (which by the way, is still after the Sawx pay him $7M for nothing).

    Maybe Theo can stay in Boston and trade a couple valuable pieces to the Cubs during his final year there. LOL

    • King

      Its worse because if the Cubs have decided Theo is their guy, then no deal means they need to go back to the drawing board. There is no guarantee that he signs with the Cubs after his contract expires, so the Cubs will have to move on. If he doesn’t come now, he likely won’t come at all.

      • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

        I disagree.

        If all the Cub do is land Hoyer and friends, they still have a very good GM with excellent credentials. The Cubs are not backed into a corner. They don’t have all their eggs in one basket. With Theo, the Cubs are in great shape. Without Theo, the Cubs are in great shape.

        And after this mess from the Red Sox, I would be surprised if Epstein returns. He is being blocked from taking a promotion. Even the Red Sox admit this is a violation of long standing baseball protocol.

        Everything that made the Cubs job attractive to Theo last week will still apply after the 2012 season. Whether next week or a year from now, I think he comes to Chicago.

        And if he doesn’t, the Cubs will be fine. Hoyer is a great pickup.

        • King

          That is assuming that Hoyer’s deal isn’t contingent on Epstein coming to the Cubs.

          • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

            I doubt Ricketts would make that deal, but I suppose it is possible.

            • King

              Well if the reports are true, Hoyer is Epstein’s guy. I am wondering if Hoyer agreed to a deal with the understanding that Epstein would be the guy he is working for.

        • Lou

          Agreed. Fanned and favorited.

      • BD

        Why would it be “likely” that he wouldn’t come at all? He has already said once “I want to sign with the Chicago Cubs,” so why couldn’t it be likely that he would make the same decision after the Sawx stop jerking him around?

        • King

          Because the Cubs would have moved on. Unless they go with a complete interim front office to wait for Theo. And even if Hoyer’s deal isn’t contingent on Theo making his way to Chicago, do you really think a situation where you give Hoyer autonomy on baseball decisions for an entire year and only then bring in someone to be his boss is going to go over well?

          • Lou

            If you’re talking Epstein as that “boss”, depends on the relationship between Hoyer and Epstein.

            • King

              That is true, and obviously I don’t know the people involved. I just can’t imagine taking a job where I would be top dog with the understanding that my responsibilities would be downgraded in one year regardless of my performance in the job. It may be an attractive situation for Hoyer to come work under Epstein again now, but would he feel the same way after being the head baseball guy for a year?

              • Lou

                Think of it this way. In the musical chairs setting that has become the GM market of baseball, Hoyer is being ousted for Byrnes. Lucchino is stalling talks based his contentious relationship with Epstein, which is why we’re talking about him with the Cubs in the first place. And Friedman may very well want to hold onto his position in Tampa, despite more payroll and a guaranteed, lucrative contract with the Angels, because of his relationship with his owner. So, it seems to me that personal relationship are the theme here, unless I’m missing something?

          • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

            Given that Hoyer has worked very well under Epstein in the past, I absolutely think that giving Hoyer autonomy for a year and then putting him under Epstein would work. We aren’t talk two complete strangers here, but two guys who have worked together in the past. Shouldn’t be a problem.

          • BD

            Agree with Luke on this one.

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      Pay attention if/when Theo comes over he will be the president of baseball operations, not the GM, Jed Hoyer will be the GM

      • King

        I know, Jed Hoyer is set to be Theo Epstein’s GM. Of course, Theo Epstein is not with the team and are we sure that Hoyer comes without him?

        • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

          Why wouldn’t Hoyer come? More job security and a higher payroll than in San Diego are solid reasons alone. The prospect of being united with Epstein in a year would just be icing on the cake.

        • Kansas Cubs Fan

          Honestly after all this I dont think Theo could say no to coming to the Cubs even if the red sox keep him hostage for 2012. The Cubs have showed there comitted to getting him as PBO and giving him a 5 year deal worth 15 mil and if Theo wants to be hear why would Hoyer not want to be here?

  • willis

    Fuck the Red Sox. That is all.

    This is, well, sucky.

  • Lou

    Well, two things remain after all of this nonsense. One, the Chicago media remains dysfunctional as ever, as they were even before this whole “Theo-watch” thing. Two, Edes and Abraham are writing for a newspaper whose minority ownership is….yes, John Henry and the Red Sox brass. So, why exactly we wouldn’t expect this kind of reporting is beyond me.

    • Lou

      Oh yes, I forgot Kaplan’s distaste for hybrid journalism of bloggers, as he has stated more than once on Chicago Tribune Live, is unfounded. Consider, for instance, the adept reporting and synthesis of one Brett Taylor.

  • http://TheoWaiting Cheryl

    Ricketts could still turn elsewhere – if the source close to Epstein says he is preparing for whatever the outcome is, it may mean that he is ready to throw in the towel and work out his year in Boston.

    Ricketts should look elsewhere come next week. This circus can’t continue. Let it go. Theo might have been nice to have – but is it worth all this? Plus, if Crane Kennedy is the leak, get rid of him. Take another look at your alternatives Mr. Ricketts. You know what they are. Don’t let Boston treat you this way.

  • R.F.V

    I can’t wait to hear how LL and John Henry try to explain what took this deal so long to get done.

  • MrCub73

    If Kaplan’s or Levine’s comments about the deal being done is hacking off the Red Sox management and give the Sox just one more reason to push this back, I wish they would shut up and stop twitting until this is done. I can’t imagine the Cubs were truly digging in so deep they would be reluctant to give up McNutt. I would give him up to get this done, he is not Greg Maddux. Regardless of what Kaplan says, I do believe there is potential for this whole thing to fall apart. They are dealing with a management team that is getting bashed daily over Chicken and Beer. I heard Levine say on ESPN 1000 today he is not expecting a deal before October 31st, how much longer can this get pushed back and the Cubs still pursue Theo? Unlike most people I hear, I hope Selig jumps in and it is soon. If Red Sox will ask for Castro or Garza, the Red Sox are not even being rational, so bring Selig to mediate. Can it really get worse if Selig comes in? We either get Theo or we don’t, get this drama over. I hope Kaplan, Levine or whomever may be reporting them, stop the premature Theo announcements. I understand everyone wanting to be first to a story, but enough already. What yard line are they on now?

    • Dave

      I’d say we got a lot of “false starts” and we are back at the 50 yard line. Time for Ref Selig to go under the hood and review.

  • Cedlandrum

    while Bud is welcome to mediate, I am not sure he has any “real” power to make this happen.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Best interests clause?

      • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

        I think it applies. There are some precedents in the air here that would not be good for baseball.

      • King

        Could the best interest of the game clause really help if the Red Sox are simply trying to be difficult? Can Selig really force the Red Sox to let Epstein out of his contract if they decide to pull him back?

        • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

          Yes.

          The Red Sox demanding Castro and/or Garza is a terrible precedent. Teams should not be able to demand all-star caliber players in exchange for front office types; that could throw a huge wrench in the balance between large and small market teams.

          Second, if the Red Sox didn’t want Theo to leave, why did they allow the Cubs to talk with him? The Cubs went through the correct channels and got permission. The Cubs consulted with the MLB offices on the protocol of compensation. And the Cubs aren’t the team that is constantly moving the goal posts here. Blocking a staff member from accepting a promotion after they agreed to let another team talk to him is just bad, unprofessional behavior by the Red Sox. To insist on punitively high compensation amounts to punish that guy for leaving sets a rotten precedent for similar transactions in the future.

          I think Selig easily has the room to step in and, if he needed to, dictate compensation terms to both sides. That could work against the Cubs, but I suspect it won’t. At the very least, he can force the Red Sox to start negotiating in good faith and backing out / changing their mind twice a day.

          • Alex

            Great points. Very well said.

          • King

            My point was if the Red Sox are truly just trying to be difficult they could blow up the whole thing by deciding to retain Epstein. I doubt Selig could force them to let Epstein out of his contract if they suddenly decide to walk away from the table and retain their under-contract employee.

            • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

              Maybe, but I think he could.

              Again, the Red Sox agreed to let the Cubs talk to Theo. That wasn’t Theo’s call, or the Cubs’ call, that was their call. When they made that decision, they were willing to let Theo go. Now that he is being offered and has agreed to a promotion, they are going to change their mind?

              I think Selig could step in. I’m not aware that this has ever happened in baseball, and again, this is a bad precedent. It allows teams to hold their front office types hostage. “Sure, we’ll let you go… HA! GOTCHA! Better pay our ransom, or no staff member for you!” I can’t see that being good for baseball… and that means Selig can step in.

              Now if the Cubs went behind the Red Sox back and reached a deal without permission, it would be a completely different situation. That’s the case here. I think Selig has the ability to step in and, if necessary, force the Red Sox to let him go.

              But if there is precedent for the Red Sox revoking permission after a deal is done, I could be wrong. I’m not aware of any precedent, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any.

            • Alex

              The Red Sox would be hurting themselves more than the Cubs if they pull Theo back for the remainder of his contract.

              Lets face it, the Cubs aren’t going to contend next season anyway. I want Theo sooner rather than later myself, but if we have to wait, then so be it. Theo told John Henry (before the Cubs asked for permission to speak with him) that next season was going to be his last anyway. He doesn’t want to work for Lucchino any more. Henry will never put Theo at the same or higher level then Lucchino, so Theo is gone.

              Theo gets what he wants here. Total control in a large market with a challenge to bust another “curse”. AND after next season he will be rid of Zambrano’s Dempster’s and Byrd’s contracts. With the money that TR will invest in free agents, amateur draft, international signings and development, it’s a better scenario for him here than anywhere else.

              As the Cubs generate more revenue in the future, TR will put even more money into the team. He will put Theo in a position to succeed.

              Can the Red Sox pull Theo back? Sure they can, if they want to be stubborn as children. Is it in their best interests to do so? Absolutely not. Not even close. That’s a distraction they don’t need as they try to mend fences with the fans.

              • hansman1982

                If what you are saying is true then it is basically the Padres situation from last year with AGon – get something for him before you get nothing.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Cubbie_Blue

    Fuck Boston and their red sox, they are holding theo hostage. i hope they get this shit over with soon. that inter league series at wrigley with the sawx is shapping up to be a doosy!

  • Hawkeye

    As hard as it is for me to say, we just need to be patient.   Alot can happen over the next three days.  Remember, Theo wants to come, and it is for a promotion.   Boston really can’t and doesn’t want to have Theo around for the next 12 months.  After that, the rest is just details.  Selig will make sure the deal goes through because its the right thing for baseball, and my good ol’ friend Karma will make sure that Boston gets what it deserves in the end.

  • http://sportsdanny.blogspot.comcoupondanny.com sportsdanny1979

    I personally know David Kaplan and his source is very solid. The issue is Boston wants to leak the information but they don’t care when it gets done. Ben Cherrigan has been interviewing candiates for a manager for a week now and as far as Boston is concerned, Theo can sit in his office and rot. Also, the Boston media is only reporting what the Red Sox want them to report. It’s funny how things are done and then John Henry says no…The red sox keep changing their minds and this is the hold up. The deal was done LAST WEEK and then they started asking for Castro and for Garza and for the Cubs to take Lackey (which, I would actually do because he cannot be as bad as he was after being good the previous 6 years of his career)

    • hansman1982

      Your final 6 sentences blow the 1st one out of the water…

  • TSB

    If the Red Sox want to cut off their nose to spite their face, fine; Let them pay Theo for another year. The Cubs are anticipated to stink in 2012, with or without Theo, because it’s rebuilding year, so if the Sox want to play games, the Cubs can stand pat, and delay the rebuilding for one year. When you have waited 56 years for a pennant, what’s another year?

  • Jonathan

    I wonder if Epstein could just retire or if he has a non-compete clause in his contract. As much as I think the Red Sox are setting a dangerous precedent by requiring so much in return I think being fair the Cubs are setting a dangerous precedent by signing Hoyer. Big market teams poaching managers and general managers from small markets teams would not be a great trend. I know it has been done before but if the Cubs get Hoyer and the Angels do get Friedman it really becomes a poaching issue. A league where the best people both on and off the field from the small market teams would really leave those teams with little room to compete. As a Cubs fan though I hope the Cubs get Epstein and Hoyer.

  • hansman1982

    IDEA: Does anyone know how many days Theo “retired” for in 05-06? Could it be that Larry is holding out for those number of days to be a dick to Theo?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      10 weeks.

      I doubt it. I also assume you’re just joshin’.

  • Sweetjamesjones

    I just want this to be over already. Too much drama being thrown around. Its getting to be an annoyance.

    I really hope this deal gets done and that Theo and Hoyer can get to work on building this team.

    Oi Vey.

    I do get a kick at reading the message boards at MLBTraderumors.com. There are bunch of dickish Sawx fans out there.

    • Jason

      “There are bunch of dickish Sawx fans out there.”

      I now think this statement is redundant. From now on, I’ll actually cheer for the Yankees to beat them – that’s saying something.

      • Sweetjamesjones

        True. But then again. I could care less for either team. That and the fact that ESPN has shoved their “rivalry” down our throats.

        • Jason

          Funny thing – when I was in NY this week, people couldn’t understand why I didn’t want the Cards to win the WS. I calmly explained to them that baseball rivalries do exist off of their crappy little dumpster-less island. They still didn’t understand.

          • Sweetjamesjones

            Arguing with Yankee fans is useless. All I hear is “Hey, we have 26 World Series titles, blah blah blah.” “George Steinbrenner is god blah blah blah.” “Derek Jeter is my lover blah blah blah.”

            Its like a broken record. I do love the irony that the Red Sox became what they hated the most. Its very delicious.

            At the same time, I fear that if the Cubs ever win the World Series, that the number of band wagon fans will be staggering.

  • Kyle

    Regardless what happens, I’m just happy Hendry is gone!

  • Hawkeye

    So…Brett.    Haven’t heard much from you today.  Couple of good stories and a couple of good posts here and there.   Are you okay out there.   I envision you like the rest of us, starting to drink heavily?   Back away from the cliff man…everything will be okay eventually.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’m just frustrated as hell, and I’ve just heard from a source that the problem is John Henry – the negotiating teams have had deals in place multiple times (hence the reports yesterday and before), but Henry nixed them when it came time for sign-off. He’s pissed Theo is leaving, and he also knows he’s got a PR nightmare on his hands in Boston – he wants a win, and he wants to make the Cubs/Theo pay. So, he’s being completely unreasonable.

      It’s time for Bud to get involved.

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        It quite clear why Theo wants to leave isn’t it? The Yankees have to smiling right now knowing that they are no longer the most hated team in baseball. I imagine Bud is making calls as we speak ordering the deal to get done, since this is now going to last throughout the WS. I can’t imagine it’s a good idea to piss Emperor Bud off, with the lightening from the fingers and other dark side skills he has mastered.

      • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

        If this is true, I think Selig has to be thinking in terms of sanctions against Boston. Blocking, negotiating in bad faith, conduct that sounds a lot like extortion, and so forth. Owners are his to keep in line, and it sounds like John Henry is behaving badly.

        If this is true, fine him.

      • Dave

        Wouldn’t it great if this puts a curse on the bosox. They won’t get another WS for another 80 years. It gets that monkey off of our backs. I say just wait it out. This stuff in beantown is slowly imploding. After the implosion, Theo brushes himself off and puts on the “C” cap and goes to work.

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          Theo is already working for the Cubs just not officially, that’s why Jed is on his way. I’m awaiting for Boston to call for sanctions against the Cubs for this exact reason

          • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

            They may suspect, but it will take a fair amount of evidence for the charges to stick. I’m guessing Boston won’t have it.

            I also think Ricketts is too smart to fall into that trap, and that’s why Theo has been going to work in Boston during all this.

  • Hawkeye

    As much as people have said that Larry is the problem, I have wondered if it was Henry.  Henry has the ultimate say, including telling Larry to play nice and move things along.  

    Henry can’t possibly think that stalling is going to help anything.  It does sound like he is upset that Theo is leaving, as he did mention on the radio several days ago that he did everything he could to keep him.   Eventually he will have to realize that keeping Theo is not going to happen, and the quicker he moves on, the better. 

    Wished I lived a little bit closer to Chicago, as I would meet you at a bar and the first round would be on me.   We all do appreciate what you do day in and day out.  You are privey to more information than we are, potentially making all the news twice as frustrating to you as to the rest of us.  Thanks for keeping all of us informed and calm.   If it wasn’t for places like this, I suppose many of us would take out our rage on our friends and families.   At least we can all vent here, and then go home and get on with our lives.

  • MikeL

    Here we go again…..and this one comes from Boston…..If you are right Brett, Henry is going to nix this one too:

    Pete Abraham / Boston Globe:

    There is growing optimism on the side of the Red Sox that a deal could soon be struck with the Cubs regarding compensation for Theo Epstein.

    Nothing is final yet according to team sources but the sides are getting closer.

    MLB officials said commissioner Bud Selig is prepared to step in and mediate the issue if needed. If the teams do not announce a deal today, they would have to wait until Tuesday.

    It has been 10 days since Epstein agreed on a five-year, $18.5 million deal to run baseball operations for the Cubs.

  • MikeL

    And here is Cafardo:

    nickcafardo Nick Cafardo
    Bud Selig has stayed out of Theo Epstein talks between Red Sox and Cubs. Compensation deal not done but lots of optimism that it will.

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      Optimism… meaning John Henry has been locked in a closet?

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      Just more Boston waffling from Nick

  • cubsklm

    Looks like the big winner this offseason will be the dreaded Yankees, and without even opening their checkbook.

    The utter mess in Boston, and it looks like Freidman may be leaving the Rays, so that will cripple T-Bay. I just hope the Yanks open their checkbook and sign Big Poppy.

    We have no idea the egos involved here. Henry, I am the God that gave this young spud an opportunity. It was my bankroll you used to bring 2 World Series champs to Boston. You ungrateful little punk. Now you want to move on – well someone is going to pay, dearly!

    This is like the collapse of the Soviet Union or tearing down the Berlin Wall.

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