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GM wait continues

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  October 28, 2005 04:15 PM

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It looks like we'll know Theo's fate on Monday.

Red Sox officials have told The Boston Globe that there will not be an announcement regarding Theo Epstein and the Red Sox general manager situation today, or over the weekend. The team is expected to make an announcement on Monday.

There was no indication if another meeting took place today between Epstein and Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino.

"We're not expecting any news today," Red Sox spokesman Glenn Geffner said according to the Associated Press. "I wouldn't imagine we'll have an announcement over the weekend."

The Red Sox prefer not to announce deals such as this on weekends, especially with the Patriots playing the Bills in Foxborough Sunday night and linebacker Tedy Bruschi expected to make an emotional return to action following a stroke last February.

Red Sox starter Curt Schilling was upbeat when speaking on Epstein's situation today. "From what Iím hearing, Iím excited," said Schilling on Boston sports radio WEEI. "I wasnít sure that that (Theo re-signing) was necessarily going to happen but Iím guessing it is now, and thatís a good thing.Ē

Mike Timlin was also optimistic that the Sox GM would be re-signed. "I believe he's pretty close to getting that done," Timlin told MLB radio. "I talked to him, I asked him what his status was and he said, 'We're kind of close, just a few things here and there.' But hopefully they'll get his done. He's a great guy to work for and I've enjoyed it, so hopefully that will be done."

The Globe's Gordon Edes wrote today that Epstein and Lucchino met multiple times yesterday, and by last night there was every indication an agreement will be reached that will keep Epstein as GM for the next three years.

According to Edes, Epstein and the Sox were believed to be only $300,000 apart earlier in the week. On Tuesday, Lucchino offered Epstein $1.2 million per year for three years, upping the club's initial offer of $850,000 per season. Epstein, whose contract expires Monday, is believed to have made $350,000 this season and desires a bump to $1.5 million per year. That would position him among the league's most well-compensated general managers.

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