Compensation decision could be soon

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Red Sox official said this morning a decision from the commissioner’s office on what compensation the Red sox will receive for Theo Epstein should occur “very soon.”

That decision will come from MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

The decision will come after Selig has studied the briefs submitted by both the Cubs and the Red Sox concerning what each team believes is fair compensation.

Epstein was let out of the final year of his contract to take on his new role of team president of the Chicago Cubs. For that escape, the Red Sox feel they made a deal with the Cubs that they would receive “significant” compensation for allowing that.

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The two sides have differed on what is considered significant. The Cubs would rather Selig look at former cases to see what type of player emerged in these cases. The Cubs would likely not have to surrender a top player if Selig goes by past cases, including one 20 years ago when Andy MacPhail became the Cubs’ president after leaving Minnesota. The Twins received a very average prospect in return.

But that was 20 years ago. In this case, if indeed the teams agreed that the player would be “significant” and not fringy, then the Red Sox may get a legitimate Cubs prospect out of this deal.

The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers tweeted that Selig has been spending a lot of time reading the briefs and trying to come up with something he believes is fair.