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Source: Red Sox wanted Matt Garza

Updated: October 18, 2011, 11:35 AM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

The Boston Red Sox initially wanted Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza to be included as compensation for general manager Theo Epstein, but the Cubs refused, according to major league sources.

Talks began a week ago, after Epstein and the Cubs agreed in principle to a five-year deal worth between $15 million-$20 million, sources said.

Recently the teams have been discussing minor leaguers as compensation, according to the sources.

Aside from compensation, another ...

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