It looks as though MLB commissioner Bud Selig will have to settle the compensation issue between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs about Theo Epstein.

Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein reacts at a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, one day after the Red Sox failed to make the baseball playoff. Epstein said he won't make a scapegoat of manager Terry Francona after the team's unprecedented September collapse, and that everyone will be evaluated this offseason, including the manager and GM.According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times and confirmed by Carrie Muskat of, the Red Sox have asked Selig to settle the dispute. The Sun-Times states that Theo’s best friend in the Red Sox organization, Larry Lucchino (sense the sarcasm) asked that Selig settled the matter.

As we know, Theo left the Red Sox about a month or so after the season with one year left on his contract. The two teams agreed their would be compensation for Theo leaving to go to the Windy City but for the past two and half months, the sides haven’t been able to come together on something agreeable.

This will be interesting to follow as to what Selig decides as what is “fair” compensation for Theo. While executives have left for other teams in the past, there really is no precedent.

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