Larry Lucchino Has Little to Say About the Compensation Issue and Other Bullets

It may be a rare offseason two-post Saturday, with a Yoenis Obsesspedes update to share. Until then, Bullets…

  • Jim Bowden interviewed Red Sox President Larry Lucchino yesterday, and the talk led off with the Theo Epstein compensation issue. Lucchino didn’t say much, offering only that the matter is in Commissioner Bud Selig’s hands now, after the two sides couldn’t come to a resolution. Selig knows the parameters of the two sides’ discussions, and is taking things from there. Lucchino believes it should have been settled by now (by the two sides), but believes it will be resolved soon.
  • Ozzie Guillen is, as you’d expect, very excited to have his friend, Carlos Zambrano, on the staff in Miami. Guillen says that Zambrano is “on a mission” this year, and Guillen believes Zambrano will have a great deal of success. Shrug. Fine. I’m glad the Cubs can move on, but I’ve simultaneously resigned myself to the fact that Zambrano probably will have a huge bounce-back year. Not because of a retooled delivery or a rededicated effort, mind you. But because it’s the lot of Cubs fans to suffer.
  • Tim Sheridan at Boys of Spring offers another Spring Training update. It looks like Ryan Dempster, James Russell, Chris Volstad, and Travis Wood have all arrived in Mesa. Dempster looks like he’s in pretty good shape, judging by a couple pictures, anyway.
  • A fluffy Spring Training preview from FoxSports.
  • A fluffy Spring Training preview from CSN.
  • A fluffy story on Dillon Maples. It’s actual unfair to include this one in a series with the previous two, because this is a pretty interesting piece. It gives you a little more background on the Cubs’ $2.5 million 14th round pick in 2011, and on what he’s been doing all Winter.
  • The February issue of Vine Line is out, and it’s the Minor League Prospectus issue, featuring in-depth looks at prospects like Maples, Tony Zych, Brett Jackson and Javier Baez. There’s also an interview with Scouting Chief Jason McLeod.

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54 responses to “Larry Lucchino Has Little to Say About the Compensation Issue and Other Bullets”

  1. florida Al

    wow lets get this theo thing settled….why hasnt the “commish” settled it by now?

  2. Dougy D

    I usually don’t care for much of what Muskat writes, but I did enjoy that article. Looks like your self promoting got you some nominations for BOS-BCS awards.

    I still refuse to pay a cent for Vine Line. However, it is the best overpriced source for really old Cubs news out there though. Talk about a fleecing of the fan.

    Any updates from your sources that might have an idea of who the compensation is?

    1. rocky8263

      I don’t see how Vine Line is fleecing of the fan.My morning Sun Times is all old news but I like to read the paper. Vine Line is tangible. It comes with the season tickets and I keep some issues like some people keep moron quarterly.

      1. Dougy D

        When I had VineLine, I think in the early 2000′s, I thought that It would provide me with some sort of inside info that would be worth the subscription. I don’t recall ever finding anything like that in there. That is why I disliked the magazine. I see it as just another way to sucker fans into paying for something they don’t need. If you like it, that is great. Maybe the magazine has improved since then as well.

  3. Brian Myers

    Well, I have a feeling the Cubs (and Zambrano himself) would have suffered more had he stayed on the team. So good luck to him and may he find a level of stability he hasn’t had over the years in a new environment.

    1. BetterNews

      Brian-Come on man. The Cubs aren’t suffering because Zambrano is gone as Zambrano is not suffering!(Multimillion dollar man) Why don’t you wish the unemployed in the country good luck? Your comment is quite “ridiculous”.

  4. Bren

    Brett Jackson looks like he belongs in Kings of Leon

  5. OlderStyle

    LL thinks comp issue should have been settled by now…(eyes roll) That’s rich.
    I’d bet dollars to donuts it would have settled if he’d kept his ego out of it. Theo and Cherington seemed to be making fine progress til Larry butted in and is most likely fanning media and fan flames over “significant” compensation.

  6. Roughriider

    Because it’s taken so long, I’m guessing that Cubs fans will be saying the compensation was too much and the Sox fans will say it wasn’t enough and in the long run it won’t really matter.

  7. Elwood

    Read the Vineline issue, and I have to say that I am really excited about Junior Lake. By all accounts, the kid has every tool to be a great player, minus the average defense. All said, if he gets time in the minors and hones his skills, I could see a star coming to Chicago.

  8. Ivy Walls

    Compensation: It came to me watching “Moneyball” that Lucchino’s real issue is that he does not want Epstein & Co. to make history bigger than what they did in Boston. That exporting the knowledge of applied sabermetrics, which is what Moneyball is all about, the idea that player behavior (performance) is established over the sample size in HS/College/Minor leagues against the team’s overall composite WAR. With Epstein & Hoyer joining with Ricketts who are math people with money would/could eclipse Boston’s moments in history.

    Thus Lucchino is both emotionally dead set against this and also set to find ways to disrupt this at even the cost of a pragmatic move for his own club. I think Selig and Co. are aware of this and are trying to reduce the heat where by letting spring training approach so teams and organizations can concentrate on the daily grind.

    As far as compensation, it will come down to the conversations beforehand and what in both minds was meant as “significant” against the precedence. My guess now is that it will be a prospect like Vitters, a number one, someone with true promise and still young but diminishing plus a usual player like Jay Jackson and cash.

  9. loyal100more

    it seems that instead of releasing dewitt we could have at least fished him in the comp. conversation. kinda scary if you look at dewitt as someone who would not of qualified as just or significant comp. i mean that only addresses the floor for comp being greater than dewitt right?

  10. 2much2say

    For anyone to think Boston comp will be an impact player is ridiculous. my
    guess at this late date is it will be CASH, period,

  11. Jeff

    I’m mainly a reader and don’t post much. But I was curious if any of the regulars have any input on Castro’s legal situation. Everything I read, basically assumes he is good to go for this year and future years. But isn’t there still a good chance he could have some major legal issues coming at some point? I obviously hope thats not the case…

  12. loyal100more

    Well I havent heard much, for awhile. Brett probably has a tid bit for your Castro pallet. To my knowledge its not enough to arrest him on, and he has fully cooperated with the police. So with those bases covered all ears are to the grapevine.

    1. Jeff

      Thanks, that’s what I figured. I just find it weird that something so big, has not been talked about at all recently. I would really love to hear any updates on this. Obviously Castro, is instrumental for the future of the team.

      1. loyal100more

        I agree… My hope is that the lack of headlines, is a good things.

        1. Jeff

          True dat. Love the Caps buddy. You the man…

  13. Kevin

    As a Cubs fan I have found it enjoyable to watch the Red Sox……..just 8 years ago they were the lovable losers of the American League. Now that the compensation issue is dragging out for such a long time I can honestly say my feelings for the Red Sox are not the same.

  14. cubsin

    How’s this for compensation? Theo has to buy a dog, and name him Larry Lucchino?

    1. DannyBallgame

      A Boson Terrier perhaps?

      1. ferrets_bueller

        Some sort of yippy rat-dog.

    2. Jeff

      Hopefully that dog shits all over Larry’s house. Larry sucks…

  15. curt

    in my opinion L.L. and the john henry arent entitled to bumpkus as per douschebag rules of which they are high ranking members, this entire compensation issue is just absurd, if they didnt want to give him up they could have said no when we asked for permission, i say give them an ok guy at single a ball and be thankful we gave them that, pardon my language but f**k lucchino and the redsox.

  16. SouthernCub

    Zambrano is a fat POS and I don’t care what kinda yr he has