According to ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs have agreed to a condition that new Cubs team president and former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein could not hire employees from his former employer for a three year period.
The news comes a few days after Epstein reportedly hired Red Sox scout Matt Dorey as the Cubs' new national cross-checker. While this is good news for current Sox GM Ben Cherington, there is still unfinished business left.
Ever since Red Sox ownership allowed Epstein to leave the team for Chicago, they were said to have been in talks with the Cubs about a compensation package for his services. Epstein was officially hired as the Cubs team president on October 25. It is the middle of December and the two teams have yet to work out a compensation package.
Because of the two have had trouble coming to an agreement, MLB commissioner Bud Selig has injected himself into the talks, but to this point no progress has been made. With the Hot Stove still heating up, don't expect the Epstein compensation talks to be settled any time soon.