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MLB may grant extension in Theo Epstein compensation talks

Nov 1, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

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Bud Selig said last week that he would step in as arbitrator if the Red Sox and Cubs couldn’t come to an agreement on compensation for Theo Epstein by November 1. While we heard this morning that no real progress has been made in negotiations, don’t look for Selig to get involved just yet.

According to Patrick Mooney of, there’s a “good chance” that MLB will grant an extension on talks before the issue is turned over to the commissioner. In other words, this issue will have a few more days of shelf life before becoming an afterthought in the Hot Stove landscape.

The latest we’ve heard is that the Red Sox are asking for two players in return for Epstein. The Cubs understandably balked at the initial request of Matt Garza, but it’s believed that the Red Sox covet prospect right-hander Trey McNutt.

  1. dannomac21 - Nov 1, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    mcnutts a perfect name for a baby bear.

    go brewers

  2. sknut - Nov 1, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Could this really take this long? Is there any reason for this to take this long? I know both teams have a stake in this but really how long has this been going on for?

  3. thinman61 - Nov 1, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Cherrington said it best. “It’s a difficult deal to work out because it’s to 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.”

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