Here's Larry Lucchino's comment when asked about Theo Epstein being close to going to the Chicago Cubs:
"We are not commenting on that type of issue unless and until there is a resolution. That has been a consistent policy and practice of the Red Sox for years."
The issue of Epstein to the Cubs is far from black and white. It's an extremely emotional issue for Epstein, who grew up a short distance from Fenway Park and rose to be the head of baseball operations for his hometown team. And led them to two World Series.
Easy to walk away from?
"Before this is truly resolved, I think Theo will change his mind a few times," said one of his Red Sox employees.
It appears the compensation for Epstein is being discussed by Cubs assistant GM Randy Bush and Sox assistant GM Ben Cherington, with Lucchino and Cubs owner Tom Ricketts overseeing the process.