From Peter Gammons: Scouts in Dominican say [Yoennis] Cespedes parameters between $35-50M
As I first reported yesterday, Theo deal is basically done + press conf. should be tomorrow. He will be Pres. of Baseball ops. Jed Hoyer GM
According to [John] Dennis' sources, the Red Sox granted the Cubs permission to talk with Epstein late last week. The [five-year] deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this week, following negotiations for compensation with the Red Sox
Compensation would not be major players and/or saddling the Cubs with a bad contract. A few prospects, probably"
That rules out Lackey tagging along with Theo, but doesn't rule out the first half of today's earlier article.
Two baseball sources have confirmed that Theo Epstein is on the cusp of leaving his job as general manager of the Red Sox to accept a position with the Chicago Cubs that is believed to include powers greater than he has in Boston, with an announcement expected to be made "within the next 24 to 48 hours."
Update: Sean McAdam says it's not a holdup due to compensation, but instead something "more complicated"
Bobby v not a candidate in boston. Theo said to be eyeing others, including 2 w/ no MLB managing. #redsox
The Red Sox are still trying to acquire a veteran starting pitcher for a potential Game 163 tiebreaker tomorrow and one possible target is Bruce Chen of the Royals.
WEEI.com has learned that Clay Buchholz... will remain with the team.
With Buchholz staying in Baltimore, the team is leaving open the possibility of activating the pitcher for Wednesday's game.
Clay Buchholz threw 18 pitches in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday, and could pitch Wednesday in Baltimore for the Red Sox, but only if the game does not mean anything in the standings, manager Terry Francona told reporters.