On Saturday there was some speculation that Theo Epstein would be allowed by the Red Sox to talk to the Cubs about their vacant general manager position.
"I am shocked, but in last 36 hrs every exec talk to says believe Redsox will give permission and Theo will go to Cubs to be GM," tweeted Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Not so fast, says Dan Roche of WBZ. Roche reports that the Red Sox have not given Epstein permission to talk to the Cubs.
"Reports of Theo Epstein being given permission by redsox ownership to speak to the Cubs are absolutely not true," Roche tweeted Saturday night.
There is one year left on Epstein's contract as general manager of the Red Sox. He would need permission from Red Sox ownership before he could speak with any other teams about their openings.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration.
Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.