The Cubs and Red Sox have gone 21 days without being able to decide compensation for Theo Epstein. It’s not quite the Treaty of Versailles, which took six months to negotiate. But there’s still a chance as MLB may give the teams an extension.
“There hasn’t been a resolution yet,” Epstein told reporters in Chicago earlier today. “Either it will be turned over to Major League Baseball at the end of the day today …. or there will be an extension of the window for the clubs to continue to talk. It’s not clear yet which of those routes they’ll take.”
Today is the deadline set by Bud Selig. Ben Cherington mentioned a possible extension on Monday, too.
Do not expect the Sox to get a windfall of talent for their former GM, probably just a few prospects. MLB officials said last week that Selig is against the idea of executives or managers bringing back major returns.