Sox' focus on Cubs' McNutt slows negotiations

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Sox' focus on Cubs' McNutt slows negotiations

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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Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

The guys on The Baseball Show discuss Pablo Sandoval lighting it up in spring training and if he could continue that in the regular season.

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.