Update on Theo compensation issue


Update on Theo compensation issue

The Theo Epstein compensation issue is still unresolved, but things may be getting close.

No, Jim Hendry going to the Yankees doesn't count, even if spurned Cubs fans believe that will make the Red Sox's most hated rival weaker.

Theo was in Boston Monday night for a Hot Stove Cool Music panel discussion at Fenway Park's State Street Pavilion along with Boston general manager Ben Cherington and field manager Bobby Valentine. Pirates GM Neal Huntington, Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, MLB Network's Sean Casey and Peter Gammons were also in attendance.

Both Cherington and Theo discussed the compensation issue, though neither really divulged new information.

"Seems like it should be coming to an end sometime soon," Theo said, then added that "no one has really talked about it much."

Cherington explained he had nothing new to add but did touch on the gap between the two sides.

"It's hard to quantify," Cherington said. "It's just a disagreement. There was an expectation when Theo left that the Red Sox would receive significant compensation for allowing the Cubs to hire him and we haven't been able to agree on what 'significant compensation' means."

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

For Carl Edwards Jr., Memorial Day has a special meaning.

That's because the Cubs reliever has a very close tie to the armed services. 

Edwards met his fiance, Nette Smith, before her deployment in Afghanistan. Throughout her active service, Edwards kept in touch by writing her letters. Their relationship eventually blossomed, and now the couple has a one-year-old child. 

With Smith's army commitment finished, she views Memorial Day as a time to appreciate all those who serve. 

"To me, Memorial Day is a day set aside for me to remember some of the people I have met who sacrificed everything," Smith said. 

Watch the couple's entire story in the video above. 

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Stranger than fiction: Dodgers sweep Cubs as Lester vs. Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations

Miguel Gonzalez throws six perfect innings as White Sox take series against Tigers

Joe Maddon has no choice but to ignore the noise and put his faith in young Cubs lineup: ‘If you want to freak out, freak out’

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

Fire midfielder Dax McCarty named to U.S. national team roster

Jose Abreu relishing opportunity to help mentor Luis Robert, White Sox newest Cuban addition

How patient will Cubs be with Ian Happ and the rookie learning curve?

Takuma Sato holds off Helio Castroneves to give Andretti another Indy 500 win

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw