It has been a week since word first broke that Epstein was negotiating with the Cubs and had agreed on a five-year deal. But since Epstein is still under contract with the Red Sox through the 2012 season, the Cubs must pay compensation.
Now, a week later, the two sides have yet to agree on a package, which seems strange. How hard could it be to negotiate a couple of minor leaguers and some cash?
Turns out, the Red Sox’ demands have been much higher than that.
According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, major league sources have told him that the Red Sox initially wanted Matt Garza as part of the compensation package.
Matt Garza?!? Wow. If the Red Sox are still looking for something that big, it is only a matter of time before Bud Selig and Major League Baseball get involved. At this point, there is no way Epstein can go back to the Red Sox, right?