Don’t hold your breath for a quick resolution with the Theo Epstein situation.
Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com heard from a source Monday that “significant work” remains in talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for the former Boston GM.
While the two sides have made progress in recent days, the Red Sox believe they should receive a substantial compensation package because this situation “defies precedent.” The Red Sox initially asked for Matt Garza, but also have interest in prospect right-hander Trey McNutt.
MLB frowns upon any distraction from the World Series, so Tuesday is the last day any announcements could be made without prior approval from the commissioner’s office.
One possible alternative is that an announcement could be made Friday, which is a scheduled off-day during the World Series. However, they would still need approval from Bud Selig. And that’s assuming the two sides can come to a satisfactory agreement this week. Either way, an announcement is likely several days away.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.