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Bud Selig expects to handle compensation for Theo Epstein

Oct 29, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

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It’s the issue that just won’t go away.

The Red Sox and Cubs have until Tuesday to work out compensation for Theo Epstein. If they can’t reach a satisfactory agreement by then, commissioner Bud Selig confirmed to the Associated Press yesterday that he will act as arbitrator.

Here’s Selig, who sounds just as tired of the situation as the rest of us:

“If I had to guess today, it’ll be another thing that I have to deal with on November 1st.”

Boston initially aimed sky-high by asking for Matt Garza from Chicago, but chances are they will receive a couple minor leaguers in return. Why do I have a feeling that when this is all over, everyone is going to ask, “That’s it?”

  1. halladaysbiceps - Oct 29, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    You know what. Every fan is sick of hearing about this as well. If I were Selig, and the Red Sox and Cubs can’t work out an agreement, I would take both of their 1st round draft picks away as punishment for the commissioner’s involvement. If they force his hand, there should be consequences.

    Both of these clubs are having a pissing match about compensation for Epstein. It’s not professional. It’s mickey mouse crap.

    • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Oct 29, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      You summed up the situation nicely.

    • cur68 - Oct 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      Agree. Bad optics. Both teams should be focused on a swift deal with reasonable expectations, not acting like a divorced couple. Selig’s involvement should come at a price.

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 29, 2011 at 1:28 PM

        Selig: “I’m tired of this nonsense. One party wants this, the other won’t agree. Fighting over potential baseball assets. Compensation. It’s ridiculous! I may have to get involved!”

        Assisstant: “But sir, I thought Frank McCourt already signed a settlement agreement?”

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 29, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      It is rare when Biceps gets only 1 thumbs down on this board. Kudos!

    • natstowngreg - Oct 29, 2011 at 7:28 PM

      Patience. This isn’t a big problem. Henry & Lucchino are just trying to hold up the Cubs, for spite if nothing else. Bud can get them to back off and negotiate something reasonable. Just as important, Bud can help keep this out of the media until something is decided.

  2. eshine76 - Oct 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    If the Red Sox think Theo is so valuable to them they should have either a) never let him interview with the Cubs or b) given him the promotion he’s been seeking. This whole situation underscores who messed up things are at the top of that organization. These guys are ridiculous.

  3. colinmc82 - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Well said, amigos.

  4. Bar None - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    I’m fine with it if Selig sends Zambrano and Soriano to the Sox. Sorry Sox Fans, just trying to find a way to get rid of those two.

    • Glenn - Oct 29, 2011 at 3:32 PM

      They’re looking for compensation, not punishment. Compensation would be giving you Lackey.

    • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Oct 29, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      To balance it out send Crawford to the Cubs so Theo will have to eat his own dog food. I think Zambrano will fit in well with the overpaid fried chicken eating, beer drinking starting pitching staff. Besides, he can DH on the days he doesn’t pitch.

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