It's been over three months now.
Three months since the general manager that built the modern Red Sox and won two World Series titles with them departed in the aftermath of a terrible 2011 season to embark on a new mission, with a new title in a new city.
Theo Epstein used to be just a general manager, now he's president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs. It's a daunting task to take a team that is burdened by a bevy of bad contracts and karma and turn them into winners.
That's the task at hand though and Epstein has already made moves to begin the long process. There's one more move that must be made though and this move is not one that will strengthen the team for either this season or future ones.
The Cubs still owe the Red Sox for poaching Epstein while he was still under contract. The compensation for Epstein's departure was never agreed upon between the two franchises and the solution has been to hand over the responsibility for determining the compensation to commissioner Bud Selig.
Both teams were supposed to have submitted lists of what they considered appropriate as far as compensation goes. If that's true then it's likely that Selig will be looking for common names on those lists. That would make his job easy. It also seems like that's not likely to be the case since the two teams have been unable to agree on this for over three months now. With that in mind the compensation is really an unknown. Here are a few possible rulings. Some are much bigger reaches than others.