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Cubs, Red Sox punt; ask Bud Selig to solve the Theo compensation issue

Jan 18, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago Reuters

It occurs to me on occasion that someone stumbling onto a headline like that will not comprehend it at all unless they already know everything about the issue it refers to, in which case the post is kind of pointless to begin with.

Sorry. Feeling existential this morning.

Anyway, the headline does kind of say it all.  Unable to come to any kind of agreement on what kind of compensation the Red Sox are owed by the Cubs for hiring Theo Epstein away, the sides have asked Bud Selig to make a decision. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times:

It’s unclear how long Selig will take. Also unclear is whether the solution will involve ordering a specific player or players to the Red Sox or setting parameters. There appears to be no precedent for it.

Hmm, a complicated issue with little or no precedent is being put on Bud Selig’s plate.  In that case the question isn’t what the solution will look like. It’s all about who’s gonna be on the blue ribbon committee and what epoch will the Earth find itself in when a report is finally released.

Snark aside, this is probably the right call. I’m not sure how the parties here can possibly negotiate about what Epstein is worth without it being insanely awkward.  The Cubs have to be in the position of saying that he’s not worth anything of value or else they’re not zealously negotiating, and that makes them look bad. The Red Sox have to be in the position of saying he’s worth the moon, and that makes them look bad for allowing him to leave.

Oh well. The best part: ultimately there’s going to be some minor leaguer or something who is sent to Boston who has 50 reporters mob him and ask what it feels like to be worth a year of Theo Epstein’s services. Which should be fun.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Bud should make everyone go back to their original jobs with their original teams. That would teach them. If they can’t play nice and get along.

    • Old Gator - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Hee hee hee….does that mean the Feesh have to give Lamebraino back? ‘Cause if it does, I second your motion.

  2. icanspeel - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    What’s next, teams will go to Bud to help them settle compensation issues for draft picks or player to be named later trades?

  3. jwbiii - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Selig, of course, will form a committee. They will start meeting as soon as the San Jose Committee is done with the conference room.

  4. sdelmonte - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    There’s no punting in baseball!

    Don’t you mean bunting?

    Or is that gone too?

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      Yeah Craig what’s up with the Football metaphors? Are you feeling THAT existential today?

      • Old Gator - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        This is all just a lot of breastbeating and nothingness.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Paul O’Neill would beg to differ, sdelmonte.

    • cur68 - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Baseball players can punt:

      • jwbiii - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Darin Erstad agrees.

  5. roverboy1949 - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Theo was leaving anyways. Toss the Sox a couple of minor leaguers and call it a day. I know that won’t happen because of the egos involved, but what is he really worth? He wasn’t going to help the Red Sox anymore.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Give the Red Sox Alfonso Soriano, and make him undroppable from the 25 man roster and require that he gets 450 ABs. But make the Cubs pay every red cent of the contract. That will teach everyone that they need to work stuff out on thier own.

  7. trevorb06 - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    The Sox are trying to get something for nothing. Regardless of the Cubs, Theo wasn’t going to be the GM for the Sox this season. Even if he was still with the Sox, it’d be a lame duck year so what would get accomplished other than a media fiasco?

    • bozosforall - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      The idiot Red Sox fans all believe that Theo is worthless (of course, when he was the Red Sox GM he walked on water)…so that’s what the Red Sox should get…NOTHING.

  8. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Call me barbaric, but what if Ricketts and Henry each got one swift kick in the gonads from Selig? Case closed.

    I got yer compensation right hee’.

    • bozosforall - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Give Lucchino TWO kicks in the BBs.

  9. crisisjunky - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    1% of earnings from Cubs Playoff and World Series participation over the next decade into
    Henry’s pocket as a Finder’s Fee for Theo…
    and half a % for Bud for saying so…..

  10. 18thstreet - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    I only opened this up so that I could give Bozos a thumbs down. What a letdown.

    • drewzducks - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      This has David Stern written all over it.

    • bozosforall - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      What a loser you are.

      • drewzducks - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:13 AM

        Coming from the biggest loser on this site I should probably be concerned.

      • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        Nice that you finally admit that you are the biggest loser here, drewsucks.

  11. bigharold - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    “I’m not sure how the parties here can possibly negotiate about what Epstein is worth without it being insanely awkward.”

    I wanna hear that conversation when Epstein, or his subordinate, goes about telling the RS that he’s not worth all that much really. Frankly the moment Epstein was give permission to talk to the Cubs he was as good as gone and therefore worthless to the RS. Whatever they get in return should be of no consequence, although I do love the suggestion that the RS be forced to take Soriano and the Cubs forced to pay his salary.

  12. ajsjr40 - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    It seems to me the compensation should have been resolved before Theo worked a single day for the Cubs. I am starting to think the Sox may be reverting to their old and ineffective ways.

    • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      Sounds great.

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