(ESPN)–The Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox are finalizing a deal that would make Theo Epstein the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, according to a baseball source. The source said it could happen Thursday, but as of early Friday morning, the deal was not done. A source with knowledge of the negotiations said: “The two sides are on the 5-yard line.” Major League Baseball already has told the Cubs that they can have a news conference Friday to introduce Epstein, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Sources confirmed to ESPNChicago.com and ESPNBoston.com that San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer will be named Cubs GM a few days after Epstein’s news conference. Hoyer will be granted permission to leave when San Diego promotes senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes to vice president/GM, a source said. Byrnes was GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks when Padres owner Jeff Moorad was part-owner of that team. Sources said Moorad has wanted Byrnes to return to the job, even though he respected Hoyer, whom he hired in 2010. The Red Sox aimed high in asking for compensation for Epstein. A baseball source told ESPNBoston.com that they initially asked for the Cubs young star shortstop Starlin Castro. Whey they were rebuffed, the Red Sox asked for arguably the Cubs best starting pitcher in Matt Garza. A major league source told ESPNChicago.com that at one point Boston proposed that the Cubs take pitcher John Lackey’s contract. Lackey has three seasons remaining on a five-year, $82.5 million contract. He was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in 28 starts for the Red Sox in 2011.
Hey do the Red Sox think Theo Epstein is stupid or something? John Lackey fucking sucks. Do you really think that the Cubs would agree to pay the final three years of an 82.5 million dollar contract of a guy who gets drunk in the clubhouse and has a 6.41 ERA? Come on, Theo would never be that stupid. He would never acquire a guy like Lackey. Who do the Red Sox think they are fooling here. This isn’t your father’s Cubs anymore.
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