CSN Chicago: Epstein deal 'basically' done

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CSN Chicago: Epstein deal 'basically' done

CSN Chicago's David Kaplan reports that the deal to make Theo Epstein the Cubs President of Baseball Operations could be done today, and an announcement could come as soon as tomorrow. According to the report, former Red Sox Assistant General Manager Jed Hoyer will be the new GM in Chicago.

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David KaplanAs I first reported yesterday, Theo deal is basically done press conf. should be tomorrow. He will be Pres. of Baseball ops. Jed Hoyer GM
Oct 20 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

While Hoyer will have significant opportunities to make baseball decisions, Epstein will have complete power on the baseball side of things.

"They are handing him the keys to the kingdom," Kaplan told WEEI on Thursday. "He'll have unanimous power in Chicago. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is basically giving him 150 million a year and saying 'spend it how you want.' "

According to Kaplan, the Red Sox won't get pitcher Matt Garza, or any other major league talent as compensation for Epstein, but they could end up with one of the Cubs' top prospects.

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David KaplanCompensation will not include ML talent but will include value but not Brett Jackson. If it's Trey McNutt, oh well. Price of doing biz!
Oct 20 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.