Would The Red Sox Actually Reopen The Theo Epstein Compensation Saga?

By Randy Holt

Just when you thought it was finally over, Larry Lucchino decided to jump back in.

What has become a never ending saga since Theo Epstein agreed to become and was introduced as the new team president of the Chicago Cubs could turn into an even bigger squabble than the Boston Red Sox have made it.

Epstein came over to the Cubs back in October, agreeing to a four-year deal to become the team president, with his buddies Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod coming from the San Diego Padres to join him. The three are expected to give the Cubs enough firepower in their front office to end the century-plus World Series drought.

But since Theo was hired, the cloud of compensation has lingered, with the end result finally taking place on Thursday when the Cubs received their PTBNL. The two sides agreed to a deal earlier this spring that sent pitcher Chris Carpenter to the Red Sox, with a player-to-be-named-later heading each way as well. On Thursday, the Cubs got their guy in Jair Bogaerts, a first base prospect.

That was supposed to be the end of it. But with a new development surrounding the health of Chris Carpenter, the Red Sox are apparently ready to jump back in.

Carpenter underwent surgery on Thursday to remove bone spurs from his throwing elbow. For a guy that’s already had Tommy John surgery once in his career, you could understand the Red Sox getting a little irked over the situation. But there seems to be a perception on the side of the Sox that the Cubs new about this, and Epstein pulled a fast one on his old organization.

The Carpenter injury now has stirred up a new discussion and a suggestion that the Red Sox could try to reopen talks with the Cubs, whether it’s to acquire an additional piece or a different one.

Boston has looked very negative throughout this entire process, and the fact that there has been so much haggling over the compensation, and that Boston had even gone as far as asking about Starlin Castro or Matt Garza certainly reflects very poorly on Lucchino.

It remains to be seen if the Red Sox will actually pursue a different ending to the compensation with the Cubs than has already taken place. But the fact is, as Nick Carfado pointed out, the Sox had access to Carpenter’s medical records and he passed the physical. He was the guy Ben Cherington wanted. What case do they have?

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