The Red Sox appear headed for an interesting offseason; here's the latest.
- A Major League source close to Theo Epstein told ESPN's Gordon Edes it's "50-50" the Red Sox GM would leave for the right situation. Edes hears Epstein "believes in honoring a contract that has a year remaining," yet owner John Henry "would not stand in the way if Epstein wanted to pursue another opportunity." Edes feels that while giving Epstein a club president title would be a promotion, the business aspect of that role has never held appeal for him. If Epstein leaves, Edes has a source who would be very surprised if current assistant GM Ben Cherington didn't replace him.
- Edes believes that if the Cubs or Angels intend to make a move for Epstein, it will come as early as this week. The Red Sox "will likely ask for stiff compensation if they permit Epstein to leave for the Cubs, though an extension is still possible," tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Sources are split on whether Angels owner Arte Moreno wants Epstein, writes Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.
- Edes says the Red Sox have internally discussed Sandy Alomar Jr., Dave Martinez, Pete Mackanin, Ryne Sandberg, and Tony La Russa as candidates to replace Terry Francona as manager. It is tricky to have Epstein overseeing this process given his uncertainty, but Cherington is involved as well.
- In a must-read article, WEEI's Rob Bradford addresses the future of each Red Sox position player.