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08:27 AM ET 02.01 | Theo Epstein was in Boston Monday, but not to talk about a lingering question over compensation to the Red Sox for his departure. Both [Ben Cherington] and Theo discussed the compensation issue, though neither really divulged new information. "Seems like it should be coming to an end sometime soon," Theo said, then added that "no one has really talked about it much." Cherington explained he had nothing new to add but did touch on the gap between the two sides. ... [Said Cherington:] "It's just a disagreement. There was an expectation when Theo left that the Red Sox would receive significant compensation for allowing the Cubs to hire him and we haven't been able to agree on what 'significant compensation' means."

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February 1, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Until Selig makes a decision as to who the compensation will be there's absolutely nothing new here.

February 1, 2012  08:57 AM ET

"we haven't been able to agree on what 'significant compensation' means."

And so there you have it.

Theo's being the cheap **** that Boston loved, and Ben's trying to get as much as he can per what he learned as Theo's understudy. The Cubbies meanwhile are being dumb enough to let Bud settle this. Ben knows that the trump card will work in his favor.

Gotta love the art of the deal.

February 1, 2012  09:00 AM ET

I never knew that the cybercensor understood a Bostonian accent. I'm impressed.

Silly b-a-s-t-a-h-d!!!!

February 1, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Wow another story about the compensation. It would have been better to talk about Curt Schillings new video game he made. Just as relevant

February 1, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Until Selig makes a decision as to who the compensation will be there's absolutely nothing new here.

+2

February 1, 2012  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"we haven't been able to agree on what 'significant compensation' means."And so there you have it.Theo's being the cheap **** that Boston loved, and Ben's trying to get as much as he can per what he learned as Theo's understudy. The Cubbies meanwhile are being dumb enough to let Bud settle this. Ben knows that the trump card will work in his favor.Gotta love the art of the deal.

Theo the cheap **** that Boston loved? Which one are you talking about? It was his careless spendthrift ways that got him in trouble over there to begin with. There was nothing cheap about the contracts he handed out. And why are the Cubs foolish to allow the decision to go to Selig? Obviously Cherington shot down every proposal that Epstein has offered him as Ben is shooting for the moon by trying to nab one of their top prospects and will not settle for less. So the Cubs have nothing to lose by allowing Selig to decide in this way.

February 1, 2012  10:53 AM ET

You could just hear Theo saying to Ben "No, you can't have this, you can't have that. I ain't worth THAT much".

February 1, 2012  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Until Selig makes a decision as to who the compensation will be there's absolutely nothing new here.

fixed,,

February 1, 2012  10:57 AM ET

the problem its,,, that the red sox owner didn't want theo epstein in his organization any more, itsn't that epstein walk away by his own but practically he was kickout of boston!!!!

February 1, 2012  10:58 AM ET

maybe the red sox owner thought nobody will hire epstein anyways!!!

February 1, 2012  10:59 AM ET

one's you aren't wellcome in any place,,, its time to move on!!!!!

February 1, 2012  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Theo the cheap **** that Boston loved? Which one are you talking about? It was his careless spendthrift ways that got him in trouble over there to begin with. There was nothing cheap about the contracts he handed out. And why are the Cubs foolish to allow the decision to go to Selig? Obviously Cherington shot down every proposal that Epstein has offered him as Ben is shooting for the moon by trying to nab one of their top prospects and will not settle for less. So the Cubs have nothing to lose by allowing Selig to decide in this way.

I believe Boston is the team with nothing to lose by letting it go to Selig. They had nothing before, so even if they get nothing from Bud, they are no worse off that they were 3 months ago. All they did was lose a GM they obviously didn't want in the first place.

The Cubs on the other hand are taking a big risk that crazy Bud doesn't try and make a statement here and award Boston something big. The old man isn't happy about the whole situation, so somebody is gonna get screwed in this deal. Question is who will it be.

February 1, 2012  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The Cubs on the other hand are taking a big risk that crazy Bud doesn't try and make a statement here and award Boston something big. The old man isn't happy about the whole situation, so somebody is gonna get screwed in this deal. Question is who will it be.

Cherington has probably been intentionally ureasonable about the whole thing from the very beggining to allow for a possible bigger play with Bud himself. Selig must also consider this as a ploy of his.

February 1, 2012  11:32 AM ET

I'll take off my Red Sox hat and put on my commish hat. First I would look up the word in the dictionary and find this:
Adjective 1. Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.

After reading that definition, I would find a sufficiently great or important player that the Red Sox were requesting. The Cubs are the fools here for offering that. Theo stepped in when the Red Sox released him and decided to try to put his spin on the significant compensation.

February 1, 2012  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Cherington has probably been intentionally ureasonable about the whole thing from the very beggining to allow for a possible bigger play with Bud himself. Selig must also consider this as a ploy of his.

What about Theo possibly low-balling the Red Sox as a ploy of his?

February 1, 2012  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Cherington has probably been intentionally ureasonable about the whole thing from the very beggining to allow for a possible bigger play with Bud himself. Selig must also consider this as a ploy of his.

That's very possible, he really has nothing to lose.

February 1, 2012  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Wow another story about the compensation. It would have been better to talk about Curt Schillings new video game he made. Just as relevant

this its becoming a sick and old thing, can somebory explain this to me??? why in the world the cubs didn't give a low ranked minor league player to the red sox???

February 1, 2012  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Question is who will it be.

cherington, this guy will try to bite his own tail by any means,,,,,,

February 1, 2012  11:38 AM ET

the cubs could be fliping the coing in the air by the next week or so!!!

 
February 1, 2012  11:40 AM ET

the red sox owner refuse to lose, and to show his discontent, he let epstein walk away, but now the red sox owner has realize his own mistake a little too late!!!!!!

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