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What is Theo Epstein worth? Selig to decide

What has turned into the longest-running soap opera of the baseball offseason may be resolved soon, although

Cubs

fans have heard all this before.

Deciding compensation for

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Theo Epstein
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’s departure from Boston is now in the hands of commissioner

Bud Selig

after the

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Red Sox
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requested it, deciding that enough was enough.

Epstein, now the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, and his Boston successor, Ben Cherington, had negotiated on-and-off since before the World Series, when a frustrated Selig told the two sides to get down to business by themselves.

So what is a general manager worth? Well, sources claim the Red Sox have requested Cubs starter

Matt Garza

, but names have varied over the more than three months. However, it is believed the Cubs will have to at least part with a top-level prospect (the name of 2007 first-round draft choice Josh Vitters has been mentioned).

When

Ozzie Guillen

left the

White Sox

at season’s end, the Marlins “traded” mid-level prospects, shortstop Ozzie Martinez and reliever

Jhan Marinez

, who both could make the Sox's roster this spring.

dvandyck@tribune.com

Twitter @davandyck

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