Bud Selig expects to handle compensation for Theo Epstein

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It’s the issue that just won’t go away.

The Red Sox and Cubs have until Tuesday to work out compensation for Theo Epstein. If they can’t reach a satisfactory agreement by then, commissioner Bud Selig confirmed to the Associated Press yesterday that he will act as arbitrator.

Here’s Selig, who sounds just as tired of the situation as the rest of us:

“If I had to guess today, it’ll be another thing that I have to deal with on November 1st.”

Boston initially aimed sky-high by asking for Matt Garza from Chicago, but chances are they will receive a couple minor leaguers in return. Why do I have a feeling that when this is all over, everyone is going to ask, “That’s it?”

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.