This Theo Epstein compensation issue has gone on forever.
Not as long as the NBA lockout, of course, but it almost feels that way.
But the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo has a great idea. Brilliant, really. It's great for Cubs fans, great for Red Sox fans. Great for both organizations.
Tyler Colvin to the Red Sox as compensation for Theo.
I will take that. It makes sense for both sides.
After a solid rookie season in 2010 in which he put up 20 homers and 56 RBis in 358 at-bats, Colvin regressed horribly in '11, hitting just .150 in 206 at-bats.
But, he's still only 26 and formerly a top prospect in the Cubs organization. The Red Sox could use another major-league caliber outfielder in case up-and-coming prospect Josh Reddick struggles. Plus, in the AL, a guy like Colvin can DH whenever.
It seems fair compensation on Boston's end for Theo, a guy who doesn't even play in games. There's still at least a decent chance Colvin turns into something. He has upside worth enough for the Red Sox to take a shot.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, Colvin has pretty much worn out his welcome. Theo and new GM Jed Hoyer can't be too sick of him considering they just got to Wrigley within the past month, but Colvin's scary 2011 season has turned off almost everybody, from those left in the Cubs organization to the fans who pack the seats each and every game.
Plus, Theo loves guys who can get on base. It's something new manager Dale Sveum has preached a little bit, too.
Colvin does not get on base. Plain and simple. He boasts a .274 career on-base percentage at the big-league level and isn't much better in the minors with a .315 career OBP and just 110 walks in almost 2,100 minor-league plate appearances.
It's much better for the Cubs than giving up top pitching prospect Trey McNutt. Much better than giving up two guys with high upside. Give up a guy who has worn out his welcome in Chicago. Works for me.
Maybe Colvin just needs a change of scenery to re-ignite his career and Boston could be just that.
Let's give it a shot. Somebody call MLB commissioner Bud Selig and make it happen. Anybody have his cell number?