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.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.