Epstein compensation: Don't worry about it

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Epstein compensation: Don't worry about it

DALLAS Remember when two baseball cities were obsessed over the compensation for Theo Epstein?

Almost two months ago, people were saying that the Boston Red Sox should ask for Matt Garza or Starlin Castro. Cubs fans couldnt wait for their savior to get to work in Wrigleyville and wondered what was holding up the deal.

Even Epstein later joked about this existential question: What am I truly worth?

It helps that Epstein remains good friends with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. The two had agreed to take the matter out of ownerships hands and table it until after Thursdays Rule 5 draft.

I teased (Cherington) for referring to the compensation issue in a radio interview as cleaning out the garage, Epstein said. His analogy (was): You know you have to do it, but youll think of anything else under the sun to do first.

So I said that was a good point and I offered him two bags of ice melt and an old rake. Thats whats in my garage.

The Cubs president of baseball operations has a good sense of humor, and acknowledged that there isnt much of a deadline other than: It behooves both organizations to know whos on their club coming into spring training.

Epstein got a bigger job and a better title. Cherington got promoted to a job many believed he was ready for. As the winter meetings ended and the industry began checking out of the Hilton Anatole, this is where the rhetoric has gone.

Weve loosely defined a strategy of talking at some point in the near future, Cherington told reporters on Thursday. Well resolve it at some point Im sure.

There doesnt seem to be much urgency for the Cubs or Red Sox. Reporters still have to ask about it, but they know its not much of a story anymore. A good guess is that the Red Sox will get one or two players you may have never heard of before.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs acquire Wade Davis from Royals

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs acquire Wade Davis from Royals

Kelly Crull, Justin O’Neil and Tony Andracki discuss the Cubs-Royals trade that sent Jorge Soler to Kansas City in exchange for Wade Davis and what the move may mean for the Cubs’ short-term and long-term roster. Plus, what is going on with Travis Wood and are the Cubs really set to start the season with Mike Montgomery in their rotation?

The Chris Sale trade had a major impact on the 2017 World Series odds

The Chris Sale trade had a major impact on the 2017 World Series odds

When the White Sox traded Chris Sale to the Red Sox Tuesday, it shook up the balance of power around Major League Baseball.

Wednesday morning, that power shift was present in Bovada's 2017 World Series odds.

On Nov. 3 (the day after the World Series ended), the Cubs were the frontrunners for the 2017 World Series at 7/2 odds. The Boston Red Sox were right behind at 9/1.

After acquiring Sale, the Red Sox have now bumped up to 11/2 odds to win it all while the Cubs have gone down slightly to 15/4.

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Here is the complete list of the Top 5 odds, as of Wednesday morning:

1. Cubs - 15/4
2. Red Sox - 11/2
3. Nationals - 9/1
4. Indians - 12/1
5. Astros - 12/1

The Cubs' odds may also see a boost if/when the Wade Davis trade becomes official.

On the other hand, the White Sox odds fell from 40/1 the day after the 2016 World Series to 66/1 Wednesday morning after dealing away Sale.

Of course, Sale is only one player, but it's more so the Sox trading him away is a clear indication they are not "going for it" in 2017 for the major decrease. If the Sox continue to sell, look for those odds to fall even further.

As of Wednesday morning, the Colorado Rockies (before they signed Ian Desmond to a five-year deal), Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres were the only teams with lower odds to win a championship in 2017 than the White Sox.