It’s been nearly two months since Theo Epstein left the Red Sox for the Cubs and the two sides still haven’t come to an agreement on compensation, with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reporting that they “seem disinterested in settling the issue.”
There was speculation all along that the agreement wouldn’t come until after the Rule 5 draft because the Red Sox wanted to acquire players without having to protect them with 40-man roster spots, but the draft took place yesterday and Boston general manager Ben Cherington said only that “we’ll resolve it at some point.”
Meanwhile, according to Abraham the Red Sox have allowed Epstein to use their offices to “conduct business while he’s in town.” Whenever they do decide to figure out the compensation, maybe the Red Sox should tack some rent money onto the Cubs’ bill.
Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman has undergone his second surgery of the offseason. After feeling continued discomfort in his left shoulder, he had a distal clavicle resection on Friday, for which he’ll be sidelined at least six weeks before getting cleared to resume his preseason workout regimen.
The 25-year-old corner infielder closed out his sophomore season in the majors in 2018. He batted a terrific .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs, an .864 OPS and 6.5 fWAR across 616 plate appearances, received his first career Gold Glove distinction and was a finalist for the American League MVP award as well. Despite recent complications, Chapman’s regular season performance wasn’t marred by injury — he sustained a right thumb contusion in June, but bounced back within three weeks and enjoyed a strong second half — and the A’s will undoubtedly look to him as one of their strongest performers in 2019.
Friday’s procedure was his second of the year, as he also underwent an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision in his thumb back in October. Per Lee and MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa, Chapman is expected to make a complete recovery within a two-month window, after which point he’ll likely be in fine shape to contribute during spring training.