Theo Epstein went to work at his Fenway Park office Thursday, as usual, awaiting his coronation at Wrigley Field. Jed Hoyer did likewise in San Diego, awaiting his escape from paradise.
The Cubs' new front office tag team has yet to become official, but no one was denying the Epstein-Hoyer show is coming soon.
Speculation over when Epstein will be announced officially as head of baseball operations became a hot topic of debate Thursday as the Cubs prepared for the possibility of a Friday news conference in case a deal could be announced.
But Red Sox owner John Henry, perturbed the Cubs seemingly were leaking news the deal was done before it was done, sent a text to the Boston Globe saying it was "not close."
ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes reported via Twitter that the Hoyer part was "done," and that the Epstein compensation package was hung up as the Red Sox waited for medical reports on players. As of late Thursday, no news conference was scheduled.
As for Hoyer, the Padres' GM was silent Thursday amid reports he was leaving for a lateral position under Epstein.
Roberto Clemente: Boston's David Ortiz won the award, given to a major-league player who gives back through community service and excels on the field.
Warren Spahn: Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers won the award, given annually to baseball's top left-handed pitcher. He finished first this season among lefties with 21 wins, 248 strikeouts and a 2.28 ERA.