Theo Epstein might be one of the best general managers in baseball, and it's perfectly understandable that the Chicago Cubs would want him to fill that (or an even bigger) role in their organization. It's also easy to see why the Boston Red Sox would not want to lose Epstein without getting a good deal in return.
It's getting harder and harder, though, to see how the hassle of the haggle is worth the time either side is investing in the negotiations that are still ongoing over what the Cubs will send to complete this quasi-transaction. The Cubs want to send Boston cash. The Red Sox want top minor-league talent.
Chicago should not give up top talent for a front-office guy. The Sox should not dig in their heels when they have no real leverage whatsoever.
Nonetheless, here we are, and with rumors still flying, here are 10 prospects in the Cubs system about whom Boston is sure to ask for but the team should scoff at giving up for Epstein.