ARLINGTON, Texas - Commissioner Bud Selig has given the Red Sox and Cubs a Nov. 1 deadline to determine compensation for Theo Epstein. If no deal is struck by then, Selig will step in and mediate.
Epstein resigned as general manager of the Red Sox Friday to become president of baseball operations of the Cubs. He will negotiate the compensation for his services with his successor with the Sox, Ben Cherington.
“They have until Nov. 1, Theo and Ben and all the other parties involved,’’ Selig said last night before Game 4 of the World Series. “Hopefully they can get things done. I always encourage clubs to try to get things done between themselves. Somehow, the commissioner has enough things of controversy.
“They’ll either get it done or they won’t. If they don’t, then I will.’’
The teams have suspended talks until after Epstein is introduced in Chicago tomorrow and Cherington officially takes over in Boston. From that point, they would have six days to make a deal.
Right time for lefty?
C.J. Wilson will be one of the prizes of the free agent market this winter. The lefthander, who turns 31 in November, was 31-15 with a 3.14 earned run average for Texas the last two seasons, despite starting 35 games at hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark.
But Wilson likely has cost himself millions with a wretched 2011 postseason.
He is 0-3 with a 7.17 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP in four starts. Wilson has failed to complete six innings in three of his starts and allowed six home runs. He gets a chance to atone tonight when he starts Game 5 against the Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter. It could be his final appearance as a Ranger.
“I haven’t really thought about that at all,’’ Wilson said. “I’m just thinking about the team and where we’re at and being in the World Series, obviously.’’
Wilson has tried to find positives in his postseason experience.
“I’m somewhat of an optimist, but at the same time being a realist obviously it hasn’t gone as well as I would have liked,’’ he said. “But there’s been a lot of good that’s come of it in terms of personal development. I feel like I’ve learned a little bit more mechanically because obviously at this point in the season I’ve thrown 250 innings or something like that, so it’s, like, the refinement that you get as a starting pitcher from continually going out there and throwing, I feel like it’s helping me grow so that next year I can be better than I was this year.’’
Texas would like to retain Wilson. But he figures to draw interest from a wide assortment of teams, perhaps even the Red Sox. He claims not to have contemplated the future.
“There’s nothing I can do to control what happens, what any team offers me or what any team wants from me or whatever, all I can do is say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be a starting pitcher next year,’ ’’ he said. “Who it’s for, I don’t know yet. A lot of that has to do with the fact that I’ve been so focused on this.’’
Wilson allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in Game 1, taking the loss.
Carpenter is the inverse of Wilson. The New Hampshire native is 8-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 13 postseason starts. The Cardinals have won all but two postseason games he has started since he joined the organization in 2002.
“Postseason is just at a different level,’’ Carpenter said. “I think the guys that are successful maybe might be a little more relaxed and able to deal with the distractions.
“If you scuffle in the postseason, it shouldn’t define what type of player you are. That could just be that series. There’s times throughout the year where guys go through slumps or don’t pitch well.’’
Carpenter was the Game 1 winner, allowing two runs over six innings.
Night to remember
Albert Pujols, the best player in baseball for virtually his entire career, had not performed well in the World Series prior to Saturday night’s Game 3.
In 11 previous Series games, the Cardinals star had one home run and two runs batted in while hitting .222. Pujols emphatically changed that, hitting three home runs and driving in six runs as the Cardinals won, 16-7.
Pujols joined Yankees’ Hall of Famers Babe Ruth (1926, 1928) and Reggie Jackson (1977) as the only players to hit three home runs in a Series game. His five hits tied Milwaukee’s Paul Molitor (1982) for the most in a Series game.
History for Griffey
Ken Griffey Jr. was presented with the Commissioner’s award for historic achievement before the Rangers’ 4-0 win . . . Cardinals manager Tony La Russa won his 68th postseason game Saturday night, putting him second all-time to Joe Torre, who won 84 . . . Former president George W. Bush threw out the first pitch to Rangers president Nolan Ryan. The ball ticked off Ryan’s glove and struck a photographer.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.