No one expects general manager Theo Epstein to leave the Red Sox when his contract expires at the end of the season, but some interesting dynamics are in play.
Epstein, who is completing a three-year contract with an annual salary believed to be in the $300,000 to $400,000 range, likely wants a deal close to the one Boston offered Billy Beane in November 2002 — a reported $13 million over five years. The Red Sox would be more comfortable paying Epstein about $1 million per season, but Epstein possesses the ultimate leverage — he could threaten to bolt for New York if GM Brian Cashman leaves the Yankees. …
Theo and the Sox about $1.5 million a year apart? This could be interesting. If there’s a way for the Yankees to play this to get Boston to have to pay, they should do it.