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 is "basically" done, and a press conference should be held tomorrow to announce the move. According to the report, former Red Sox Assistant General Manager Jed Hoyer will be the new GM in Chicago.

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

"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 receive 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!
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It was reported that the Red Sox sought pitcher Matt Garza as compensation for Epstein, but the Cubs held firm and elected not to give in to Boston's original asking price.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.