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08:07 AM ET 10.15 | The Cubs and Red Sox continued negotiations on Friday over compensation in order to free Theo Epstein from the final year of his contract in Boston and allow him to take over baseball operations in Chicago. Is Epstein worth Brett Jackson, the Cubs' highly touted outfield prospect who was their No. 1 Draft pick in 2009? Or do the Red Sox want Matt Szczur, another top Minor League outfielder? Or, can the two teams settle on a cash amount?

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October 15, 2011  08:26 AM ET

Not A Fair Trade, Bro.

October 15, 2011  08:41 AM ET

At this point the Red Sox have no leverage. They've made it clear that they want him gone. The Cubs should call their bluff and wait until the Red Sox fire him. There's no way they give up another year of competition for something this petty.

October 15, 2011  08:50 AM ET

Player compensation for Coaches and Managers is stupid.

October 15, 2011  08:54 AM ET

This Henry seems to be the worst kind of ****....he spreads stories about his manager, hangs Crawford out to dry, and now wants compensation for something he's thrown away....

October 15, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Based on his recent performance, I think the Red Sox should pay the Cubs to take Epstein.

October 15, 2011  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At this point the Red Sox have no leverage. They've made it clear that they want him gone. The Cubs should call their bluff and wait until the Red Sox fire him. There's no way they give up another year of competition for something this petty.

agreed. the ship has left the harbor. there's no way Epstein can come back when everyone knows he's a lame duck.

October 15, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Player compensation for Coaches and Managers is stupid.

Tell that to Jeff Loria. The White Sox got two of their top ten minor league prospects just for windbag Guillen.

October 15, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Based on his recent performance, I think the Red Sox should pay the Cubs to take Epstein.

Not really. Epstein put together a team everyone thought would get to the World Series. It's not like Epstein plays the field.

October 15, 2011  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At this point the Red Sox have no leverage. They've made it clear that they want him gone. The Cubs should call their bluff and wait until the Red Sox fire him. There's no way they give up another year of competition for something this petty.

They still control him for the next year and it's not like the Sox have never payed someone not to be on the team. It cost 9 million to get rid of Julio Lugo. The Sox have the Cubs hands tied for now, what are the Cubs going to do? Hire someone for one year waiting for Epstien?

October 15, 2011  09:09 AM ET

Any other business a person can choose to switch to another job anytime they choose. What is this ignorant crap of compensation?

October 15, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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Any other business a person can choose to switch to another job anytime they choose. What is this ignorant crap of compensation?

He's still under contract with the Red Sox so he's not free to leave like in most jobs.

October 15, 2011  09:14 AM ET

If they're waiting for Brett Jackson they are obviously barking up the wrong tree. If that's the case, they can keep Epstein, Since he's already been ostracised they would never considering reeling him back in.

October 15, 2011  09:34 AM ET

If the White Sox got two good prospects for their loud-mouthed manager who only won one World Series, surely Theo "the messiah" Esptein, who won two, is worth Brett Jackson and Matt Sczczur. And Boston does have leverage because the Cubbies needed to get started yesterday reshaping their team.

October 15, 2011  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

If the White Sox got two good prospects for their loud-mouthed manager who only won one World Series, surely Theo "the messiah" Esptein, who won two, is worth Brett Jackson and Matt Sczczur. And Boston does have leverage because the Cubbies needed to get started yesterday reshaping their team.

They've been reshaping their team for over 100 years. What's one more year?

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October 15, 2011  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At this point the Red Sox have no leverage. They've made it clear that they want him gone. The Cubs should call their bluff and wait until the Red Sox fire him. There's no way they give up another year of competition for something this petty.

Exactly. Just tell them, forget it, he is all yours. Then watch them scramble.

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October 15, 2011  09:54 AM ET
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Wanna bet?

What? They can nix the whole thing? Try it, and just tell Tony you were not really " let go " while they are at it. If they had any leverage it is long gone now. It went out the window when they made it obvious they wanted to part ways with their GM.

October 15, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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They still control him for the next year and it's not like the Sox have never payed someone not to be on the team. It cost 9 million to get rid of Julio Lugo. The Sox have the Cubs hands tied for now, what are the Cubs going to do? Hire someone for one year waiting for Epstien?

A team can afford coming as a little petty - the Sox are a bit past that now.

They are going to come off as extremely petty if they don't release Epstein now that they've thrown everyone under the bus. That kindof bad PR is very expensive to the brand the Red Sox have put together. No more pink Sox hats from California to Florida if they damage that brand.

 
October 15, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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They still control him for the next year and it's not like the Sox have never payed someone not to be on the team. It cost 9 million to get rid of Julio Lugo. The Sox have the Cubs hands tied for now, what are the Cubs going to do? Hire someone for one year waiting for Epstien?

Sure, and read about that one in the Boston press all year at the same time they read about all the rest of the 2011 season fold and parties during games by the non starting pitchers.
That will help? No, they want to distance themselves from the whole mess, not have it hanging over them all year.

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