Despite reports that a deal to finalize Theo Epstein joining the Cubs is imminent, a source with knowledge of the ongoing talks said late Thursday afternoon that "nothing" has been agreed upon in compensation talks between the two team, throwing into question the possibility Epstein could be introduced as Chicago's new president of Baseball Operations at a Friday press conference.
Friday is an off day in the World Series and could offer the Cubs a brief window to make such an announcement. Commissioner Bud Selig does not allow teams to announce major news once the World Series begins except on off days, and even then only with his expressed permission.
It's expected the Red Sox will end up with two prospects in exchange for allowing Epstein to leave with a year remaining on his contract. But while the teams have narrowed the focus of the players who could be sent to Boston as compensation, they have yet to agree on one name, much less two.
Multiple reports have Padres general manager Jed Hoyer and his assistant, Jason McLeod -- both former members of the Red Sox' Baseball Ops department --joining Epstein in the Cubs' front office once a deal is agreed upon between Boston and Chicago. Hoyer is expected to be named Cubs' GM. Another Boston Baseball Ops graduate, Josh Byrnes, reportedly will replace Hoyer as GM in San Diego.
BOSTON — Eduardo Nunez is expected to be activated Friday night, but he doesn't have third base all to himself. Rookie Rafael Devers is not going to be sent to the minors to make room, a baseball source told CSNNE on Friday.
The Red Sox announced a roster move for David Price, who went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation. But the corresponding move to activate Nunez, whom the Red Sox acquired from the Giants in a trade for two minor leaguers, wasn't immediately clear.
If there's no health situation at play and no one lands on the disabled list, Deven Marrero could be the odd man out.
BOSTON — David Price went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation before his scheduled start Friday. Rick Porcello was moved up a day into Price's slot in the rotation, with Eduardo Rodriguez slated to start Saturday and Drew Pomeranz on Sunday.
Price's elbow is believed to have started to hurt him on the road trip the Red Sox finished on Wednesday, a baseball source said, but it's not 100 percent clear when this present health situation originated. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Price went for an MRI on his elbow Thursday.
The lefty missed two months to begin the season because of an elbow/forearm inury. The nature of that injury was never specificed by the team but was later referred to by Price as a torn elbow.
Robby Scott was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to Price's spot on the roster. Price is on the DL retroactive to July 25, the maximum allowable three days that a DL trip can be made retroactive.
The timing of Price's injury is notable because of the controversy surrounding Price and his confrontation with Dennis Eckersley.
The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy first reported Price could land on the DL because of the elbow.