The Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox have turned to commissioner Bud Selig to resolve the issue of compensation for front-office wiz Theo Epstein, according to MLB.com.
Epstein left the Boston after 10 seasons to join the Cubs this winter. Since Epstien resigned from the club to do so, however, the Cubs and the Red Sox have been negotiating compensation for his services since October. Initially Selig had told the two sides to reach an agreement by Nov. 1, but that deadline has since passed.
Epstein became general manager of the Red Sox in 2002, and is generally credited with having assembled the rosters of Boston’s World Series champion teams in 2004 and 2007. The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. The Red Sox failed to make the playoffs in 2011 despite what was perceived as massive improvement during the previous winter. After a late season collapse, Epstein, manager Terry Francona, and closer Jonathan Papelbon all left Boston.