With the Red Sox and Cubs struggling to see eye-to-eye on a compensation agreement that would permit Sox general manager Theo Epstein to become the president of baseball operations in Chicago, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig suggested that he may have to mediate the matter to achieve a resolution. The commissioner addressed the matter on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Radio prior to Game 2 of the World Series.
Asked if he was expecting that he would have to serve as an arbitrator between the Red Sox and Cubs, Selig left the door open.
"It is a possibility," Selig told host Chris Russo. "No question, it is a possibility."
Selig also expressed his displeasure with the revelations about the consumption by Red Sox pitchers of beer and fried chicken in the clubhouse during games, though he said that he did not feel that it was the place of his office to handle the matter.
"You know that I'm very concerned about our image. I do believe our players are role models. So when stories like that emerge you must understand I'm not very happy," Selig said. "I'm going to wait until all this other stuff is done and it'll be up to the general manager and the new manager to solve that immediately."
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