Report That Bud Selig to Require Significant Compensation from Cubs Is Laughable

Bob WarjaSenior Writer IJanuary 30, 2012

Is Selig angry enough to make a stupid decision?
Is Selig angry enough to make a stupid decision?Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox's pipe dream of acquiring the Cubs top prospect (Brett Jackson) or a major player such as Matt Garza from the Cubs as compensation is so far off base I don't where to begin.

Yet a recent report has an unnamed AL GM (aren't they always "unnamed sources?) suggesting that Bud Selig will use his magical powers to inflict wrath upon the Cubs organization now that the compensation issue is in his slimy hands.

Hey Bud, isn't a century-plus of losing enough wrath for you?

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe quotes this anonymous GM as saying, "I don’t think MLB wants executives leaving their teams before their contracts are up and therefore he will try to deter teams from doing that again."  

I'm sorry, but I'm not buying what Cafardo is selling.

Look, if Selig was so upset by the Cubs asking for and receiving permission to talk to Theo Epstein, then why did he allow it in the first place?

Meanwhile, the Red Sox don't have a leg to stand on either, for if John Henry or Larry Lucchino didn't want Epstein to leave they could have simply told the Cubs to go fly a kite.

Yes, there should be compensation, no one is arguing that point. But to me, the Sox really weren't all that sad to see Epstein go, and it was probably understood that the compensation would be a minor league player, but not a top prospect.

How do I know this? I don't. But since Cafardo indicated that the thinking of his anonymous GM "the best school of thought" why can't my rationale be the best school of thought?


Still, I do recognize that this "revenge" line of thinking is what a lot of so-called baseball experts believe in. They know that Selig probably would like to send a message to discourage other teams from "stealing" front-office talent.

But I just don't think Selig has ever demonstrated the guts to tick off a storied franchise like the Cubs. And even if he did, there is no precedence to do so.

The Cubs can point to the time they gave up a low ranking prospect and cash considerations when they acquired Andy MacPhail from the Twins. (By the way, I certainly hope Epstein turns out a lot better than MacPhail did).

In this case, from what I understand, the Cubs’ GM was required by Selig to submit to a list of players he is willing to hand over to the Sox [presumably, just one].

But the Sox have thrown out names such as hot trade commodity Matt Garza and top outfield prospect Brett Jackson as compensation. The Cubs reportedly rebuffed this notion as well they should.

One thing is certain: Selig is sure to make enemies with one of the two clubs. If two friends and former colleagues like Epstein and Ben Cherington can't come to an agreement, you know it's a tough issue.

It all boils down to what you consider the word "significant" to mean. To Boston, that could mean Garza. To the Cubs, it might just indicate a useful young player who projects to be of value down the road.

To me, any talk of a proven player or a top prospect is ridiculous. Send them a young reliever and call it a day.