Compensation packages for Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod were expected to be settled with the Red Sox and Padres after Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs are still expected to send a lower level minor leaguer to San Diego for Hoyer and McLeod but that compensation was not announced … and neither was the package for Theo Epstein.
According to multiple reports, Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington have decided to resolve the compensation issue “at some point”. Neither side seems very concerned at this point and Epstein said, “It behooves both organizations to know who’s on their club coming into Spring Training.” Theo Epstein recently stated the precedent set by the Cubs and Twins in 1994 for Andy MacPhail would be used in his talks with the Red Sox. The Cubs sent a lower level minor leaguer (Class A pitcher Hector Trinidad) along with $200,000 for MacPhail.
The report from Comcast SportsNet on Thursday afternoon indicated the package for Epstein could end up being “one or two players you may have never heard of before.”
Stay Tuned …
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