Sox' focus on Cubs' McNutt slows negotiations

Sox' focus on Cubs' McNutt slows negotiations
October 18, 2011, 5:30 am
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Another day has come and gone, and still Theo Epstein is not officially part of the Cubs organization.

The reason is because the Cubs aren't willing to part with prospects the Red Sox are demanding, specifically right-handed pitcher Trey McNutt, a 32nd round pick in 2009.

McNutt went 5-6, with a 4.55 ERA in 22 starts at AA Tennessee last season.

With the World Series starting on Wednesday, and an MLB-imposed rule that prevents other baseball-related announcements during it, there is some pressure to get the deal done before the World Series begins.

"People talk about this Theo Epstein deal when he gets here, not if," CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney told CSNNE's Jessica Moran. "Obviously the Cubs would love to roll him out in a press conference and get that PR boost. but then after that there's going to be a lot of decisions that have to be made right after the World Series in terms of free agency, the Cubs have employees who their contracts run out at the end of October and in fairness to them I think they should kind of give them a full hearing."

CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam reports, however, that the deal is still not close to being finalized, and there's a real possibility that the announcement might have to wait until after the World Series, unless Bud Selig makes an exception.

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