It's the topic that won't go away: compensation for the Red Sox for allowing former general manager Theo Epstein to leave the team with a year remaining on his contract to become president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.
The teams were unable to reach agreement on the matter last fall and now commissioner Bud Selig has indicated he will step in and help decide the matter.
"I don't know what the resolution's going to be," said Cherington, "and I don't know what the mechanism will be for resolving it. The commissioner has been involved tangentially the whole time. As we've gotten closer to spring training, I think there will be some direction given from the commissioner's office as to the resolution. I don't know what form that will take."
The Sox believe that they are due "significant" compensation in return for Epstein, while Epstein, citing precedent, contends that it shouldn't be significant at all given that it involves non-uniform personnel.
Said Epstein: "It seems like it should be coming to end somewhat soon."
But when asked if he expected a resolution before the start of spring training, Epstein said: "I don't know."