After months of waiting, it appears that we may actually be nearing a resolution to the Theo Epstein compensation situation. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, an agreement between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for Epstein is imminent.
Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe recently added that a decision is “coming down today” according to major league sources.
While no names have been released, Alex Speier of WEEI.com tweeted that the Red Sox are expected to receive a pitcher from the Cubs 40-man roster in exchange for Epstein. MLBTR.com’s Tim Dierkes offered a quartet of possible options including Rafael Dolis, Chris Carpenter, Jeff Beliveau and Casey Weathers. Dierkes added that all four of these pitchers were named in Baseball America’s top 30 prospects for the Cubs.
While the player is not going to be a top prospect such as Brett Jackson or Josh Vitters or a high-profile big leaguer like Matt Garza, the arm the Red Sox receive for Epstein is likely to have an impact at the major league level. Carpenter and Dolis made their debuts with the Cubs last season while Weathers and Beliveau have each reached Double-A.