BOSTON -- At this rate, the 2012 season may start before the Cubs and Red Sox decide the proper compensation for general manager Theo Epstein.
General manager Ben Cherington revealed Wednesday that the two teams asked for and were granted a one-week extension to determine who the Cubs will send the Red Sox in exchange for Epstein leaving with a year remaining on his contract.
"With the managerial searches and whatnot," explained Cherington, "we just haven't had a lot of time to spend on it. We'll get a little more time and hopefully have more time to talk a little bit about it. It was mutually agreed upon that we'd give ourselves at least another week before we turn it over (to the commissoner's office).
"If we don't have something in a week, we'll revisit and decide whether it makes sense to revisit it and extend it further. But right now, it's at least another week."
Commissioner Bud Selig had given the two clubs an informal deadline of Nov. 1 to settle the compensation issue. Without an agreement, the plan had been for the clubs to each state their respective cases to Selig, who would then make a final determination on the proper compensation.
Part of the problem, Cherington conceded, is that there haven't been a lot of similar cases from which to draw precedent.
Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.