According to an industry source with knowledge of the negotiations between the Red Sox and Cubs, an announcement regarding the status of GM Theo Epstein is "not likely" on Tuesday, meaning that the matter will likely remain unresolved until after the World Series.
Epstein reached an agreement with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts on a contract to head baseball operations in Chicago last week. Since then, the Sox and Cubs have yet to find common ground in negotiating the compensation that Boston would receive in order to let Epstein go with one year left on his contract. While sources suggested that the two sides were progressing in negotiations over the weekend, the teams seemingly have yet to find common ground about the players who would head to Boston in exchange for the architect of two World Series winners and six playoff clubs.
If the Sox and Cubs cannot settle the matter on Tuesday, then the MLB Commissioner's Office would likely not permit an announcement by the clubs during the World Series. At the least, any announcement of new general managers in Chicago or Boston (where Sox Assistant GM Ben Cherington is expected to be promoted) would require the permission of the Commissioner's Office, something that would be unlikely to be granted for fear of distracting the focus of fans and media from the World Series.
Certainly, the possibility exists that the specter of that quasi-deadline could accelerate talks towards a resolution on Tuesday. That said, at this point, such an outcome appears to be a longshot.
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