The Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox are reportedly close on a compensation deal for front office whiz Theo Esptein, a source has told ESPN.
“We are close to resolving this,” the source said.
According to ESPN, the Red Sox will likely receive at least one minor league player and one “legitimate big-league prospect,” from the Cubs in return for allowing Theo Epstein to join Chicago’s front office earlier this winter, despite him still being under contract with Boston. Epstein, the former Red Sox general manager, is now the president of baseball operations for the Cubs.
Epstein became the general manager for 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 Red Sox failed to make the playoffs in 2011 despite what was perceived as massive roster improvement during the previous winter. After a late season collapse, Epstein, manager Terry Francona, and closer Jonathan Papelbon all left Boston.