Nick Cafardo hears from one AL executive that the compensation for Theo Epstein will likely be significant.
10. The Cubs and Red Sox will soon meet with a representative of the Commissioner’s Office or the commissioner himself to discuss the Epstein compensation issue. The best school of thought on this comes from an AL GM who is not associated with either team: “I think the commissioner will give the Red Sox a significant player. I don’t think MLB wants executives leaving their teams before their contracts are up and therefore he will try to deter teams from doing that again.’’
This doesn’t make sense to me. If anything I’d think that MLB would not want teams to stand in the way of a person’s chance at a promotion. If MLB decides that significant compensation is what’s due here, what impact will it have? Mercurial Outfielder mentioned in the comments that the impact would be that no ambitious executive would take more than a short-term deal.
There’s one thing to remember here: the Red Sox granted the Cubs permission to talk to Theo Epstein and allowed Theo to accept the job. The Red Sox did not even have to allow the Cubs to talk to him. They chose to do so. If MLB doesn’t want executives leaving, it’s very simple: teams don’t have to allow other teams the right to talk to their employees. There is already a system in place to prevent executives from leaving before their contract is up. The Red Sox chose to ignore it. This is fairly common in baseball when it comes to an executive leaving for a promotion.
As far as I’m concerned, the Red Sox are owed nothing. They had the ability to keep Theo and chose not to. How MLB could award a significant piece to Boston is beyond me.