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No progress on Theo compensation talks; Selig to decide

Nov 1, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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Today is deadline day for the Cubs and the Red Sox to come to an agreement on compensation for the latter allowing Epstein out of his contract to join the former.  As Pete Abe reports in the Globe, there has been no real progress and it looks as though it will all be thrown into Bud Selig’s lap for resolution.

Which I have to assume is what everyone involved wants. The sort of negotiation going on there has to be awkward. Think about it: the team who was — for lack of a better term — jilted is in the position of arguing how valuable Epstein was and the team who desperately wanted him and paid big money for him arguing that, nah, he’s not worth a ton. Better to let Selig decide.

I would love to see his ruling be a crazy one: the Sox have to give John Lackey to the Cubs and the Cubs have to give Alfonso Soriano and $11.75 million to the Red Sox. The money would even out then, each would be stuck with a near-useless player and it would have the added poetry of making each team wear a scarlet “A” to memorialize their asinine free agent signing.

Sadly, I don’t think Bud has the flair for that kind of literary justice.

  1. bloodysock - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Bud needs more flair. A minimum 15 pieces of flair.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Bud should bring in M. Night Shyamalan and have him decide! A Ricketts for Henry swap! Starlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury swap! The team’s home games will be at each other’s fields for the next 3 years!

    A twist!!

  3. thomas2727 - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Soriano had 26 HR and 88 RBIs last season. That is far from useless.

    Is he overpaid by about $10 million per season? Yes
    Do Cubs fans want him out of town yesterday? Yes.

    But to say he is useless is not correct.

    Now Lackey is a different story.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      True. It just stings when you feel like he’s being paid almost a million bucks per home run.

    • Kyle - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      John Lackey fWAR 2011: 1.5

      Alfonso Soriano fWAR 2011: 1.3

      They were both equally useless.

  4. bobwsc - Nov 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    the Fonz at DH wouldn’t be that bad; and he might want to jam it down the Yankees throats 18 times a year.

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