Compensation for Epstein still not resolved


Compensation for Epstein still not resolved

It's the topic that won't go away: compensation for the Red Sox for allowing former general manager Theo Epstein to leave the team with a year remaining on his contract to become president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.

The teams were unable to reach agreement on the matter last fall and now commissioner Bud Selig has indicated he will step in and help decide the matter.

"I don't know what the resolution's going to be," said Cherington, "and I don't know what the mechanism will be for resolving it. The commissioner has been involved tangentially the whole time. As we've gotten closer to spring training, I think there will be some direction given from the commissioner's office as to the resolution. I don't know what form that will take."

The Sox believe that they are due "significant" compensation in return for Epstein, while Epstein, citing precedent, contends that it shouldn't be significant at all given that it involves non-uniform personnel.

Said Epstein: "It seems like it should be coming to end somewhat soon."

But when asked if he expected a resolution before the start of spring training, Epstein said: "I don't know."

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

BOSTON -- Two of the NBA’s biggest names on the trade market, Serge Ibaka and DeMarcus Cousins, changed zip codes (Ibaka to Toronto from Orlando, Cousins to New Orleans from Sacramento) without the Celtics showing much interest in swinging a deal for either player.


Could it be because they had their sights set on Detroit’s Andre Drummond all along?
Pistons general manager/head coach Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about talking with lots of teams about his players leading up to the trade deadline, well aware that his team has been one of the league’s biggest underachievers.

Detroit (27-30) is eighth in the Eastern Conference, trailing first-place Cleveland by 13 games.
Drummond was reportedly offered to Sacramento as part of a deal for Cousins, so it should not come as a surprise that his name has found its way into the rumor mill.
Still, Drummond only added fuel to the rumor mill fire by re-tweeting the eyeball emojis posted by the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, something Thomas did shortly before Boston added Al Horford to the mix last summer.

And then Drummond followed that up by posting his own set of eyeball emojis on Tuesday, which adds to the speculative nature of a trade-deadline season that ends Thursday at 3 p.m.

Drummond, a former UConn standout, is an easy-going, fun-loving guy, so the emoji stuff isn’t all that out of character for him. But he also changed his Twitter profile picture to him waving goodbye. after removing Pistons information from his bio.

Is he pulling our leg, or giving a heads-up that the Celtics are close to pulling off a trade?
A league source tells that while no deal is imminent, Boston is a possible landing spot for Drummond if the Pistons are, in fact, planning on trading him. That, says the source,"is not a definite. [Van Gundy] knows he has to do something significant with that team, if not at the deadline [then] definitely this summer.

"So he’s looking to find out the value for all his guys, Drummond included.”