Sox, Cubs to talk Theo compensation today


John Dennis of WEEI reports that the Red Sox and Cubs will start talks regarding compensation for Theo Epstein today. As reported earlier, it’s likely to involve either non-prospecty minor leaguers or cash, with some suggesting yesterday that the Sox would just prefer the cash.

I wish I could listen in on those negotiations.  I’d want to know if, in light of the Sox’ front office totally throwing Theo and everyone under the bus yesterday, the Cubs took the bold position of saying something like “from what we can tell we’re doing you a favor. You give us something.”

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.