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Report: Epstein accepts 5-year deal with Cubs

Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 10:23 am
By Matt Snyder

We have yet another step toward what appears to be the inevitable. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is still under contract with the team through 2012 and nothing is official yet, but with each passing minute, it becomes more apparent he's going to be the Cubs next GM.

The latest is that he has agreed to a five-year, $15 million deal with the Cubs, per This report states the deal will be finalized by the end of the week and that the Cubs have not yet decided on a title for Epstein. It also notes the final holdup in negotiations: Compensation for the Red Sox, which will likely be some combination of money and prospect(s).

The Boston Globe is reporting
Epstein has accepted the offer and that while it's still possible for Epstein to change his mind, it's a near-certainty that he's off to Chicago. The Globe also adds that, as expected, Red Sox assistant GM Ben Cherington is expected to be named Epstein's replacement in Boston.

Taking in the entire buzz from reporters on Twitter Tuesday night, expect Epstein to be named something like President and CEO. Compensation is reportedly going to be one or two prospects, maybe even high-level ones, but no major-league players.

Epstein to Cubs?
Epstein, 37, was named the Red Sox general manager after the 2002 season. Under his watch, the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and 2007 after previously having not won it since 1918. Epstein grew up in the Northeast and attended Yale University, so he had ties to the Boston area anyway, but recent reports have indicated he might be looking for a new challenge.

The Cubs offer up that challenge. Not only have the Cubs not won the World Series since 1908, but the franchise doesn't appear close to being competitive right now, with a bad major-league product and not much more in the organizational pipeline. Then again, there is more than $50 million in salary coming off the books this season and even more coming off after next season. With a rabid fan base desperately seeking a title and lots of resources at hand, Epstein could very well become the man who broke two alleged curses (first, the Bambino, second, the Billy Goat).

This is still not a done deal, but it would be pretty shocking if it fell apart now. Things have progressed to a point where Epstein seems sealed and delivered to Wrigley Field.

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Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:51 pm

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Maybe now Tito will come back...just sayin...

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:34 pm

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

CafeRev, who are you again? So what are Red Sox fans again? Are we idiots, clowns or a bunch of menopausal women? Here you insult the Red Sox fans, but do not show who you represent. If you are a Yankee fan, I have heard better. That was "I hate the RedSox 101". If you wanna bash the Sox fans, show your colors, so we can act like the idiotic menopausal female clowns you speak of. Until then SUSH! 

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:31 pm

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Theo was definitely 50/50 when it came to veteren FA's but for every Lackey Drew, Dicek, Lugo and Rentawreck, I'd counter with Ortiz, Schilling, Mueller, Gonzalez, Millar, bringing in Beltre in the first place, drafting Ellsbury, Papelbon, Lester, Buckholz, (trading Nomar for Carbarrea). I think it's time for him to move on, but I would not say good riddance or trash the guy on the way out. He built a great amateur scouting dept. 

What sux is the way the players aren't held for the majority of the blame. Lackey and Beckett could go F themselves as far as I'm concerned. Talk about overpaid A-holes. Hopefully Lackey will be gone, but I swear if Beckett is back next year and the fans don't boo his ass loudly on opening day, I will lose it! 

Also, the media sux in this too. Trying to portray this as the "old red sox". This ownership group, like them or not, brought two titles to this team. Did people really forget how inept Harrington and the Yawkey trust was? It's ridiculous to even compare the two.

This is about some bigtime A-holes in the clubhouse spreading over this team like a cancer and sucking the life out of it. I'm talking about you Lackey and Beckett! Note to Adrian Gonzalez, You need to grow a pair and be a leader on this team!

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:13 pm

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

CAFEREV I am calling you out.......when was the last time a GM hit a ball and threw a pitch?????? Players come to Boston for $$$$$$$. We are not living in the 1930's so when you make ridiculous comments consider what I said. If you knew anything about baseball you would be asking why Boston did not go after Fister or Edwin Jackson. They both happen to be playing now.....instead we opted for Eric Bedard. He was good five years ago. Since then he has spent the majority of his time on the DL.

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:06 pm

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Look I know Theo brought in Schilling and Beckett, although Beckett appears to be more like the pillsbury doughboy now. I could not imagine this drinking fiasco going on with Schilling there. Say what you want about him he would have made each and everyone of them accountable one way or another. Getting back to Mr Epstein. Let's see...Julio Lugo, Edgar Renteria, JD Drew, Mike Cameron, John Lackey, Carl Crawford, John Danks, Matzusaka, Okajima, etc., etc. Let's see who they failed to resign....Adrian Beltre, VIctor Martinez, Johnny Damon, etc....... I believe if you took the successes and the failures and matched them up, the failures would certainly be higher. I understand there are always bad signings however with this kind of money and his resources this is unacceptable. Let's not forget with two weeks left in the season Theo was calling the Mets about acquiring Chris Capuano because the Sox did not have a pitcher ready to go..... Theo, sorry but given the bank you had you were a failure. Furthermore you are also a coward for leaving on these terms when the team had a historic collapse. Everybody gets their due. Someday my friend your number will be up.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:55 pm

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

I used to respect Red Sox fans. But listening to most of you, it's apparent that you're nothing but idiots. Complete idiots. Like it or not, Dorothy, since 1918 you have NO World Series titles without Theo. Not a one. Nobody before him could do it, and no one after him will do it. Again, Red Sox fans are idiots. You clowns have everything you could ask for, and you still piss and moan like a bunch of menopausal women.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:43 pm

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

And so begins Extreme Makeover Cubs project.  Good luck with it savior boy genius.  At least they love drinking as much as your pitchers did in Boston. Watch the propect the Red Sawx get actually turns out to be good.  Next call to Terry Francona after firing Mike Quade. I wouldn`t start filming money ball II yet Theo you overrated brat.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:15 pm

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

One concern...How will Epstein do with a team payroll cut of about $30-$40 million from what he is used to having.
One answer. The Cubs haven't had any problem spending money, they just had problems doing it wisely. 

Unless someone is willing to pick up Soriano's contract, he'll still be a Cub. Zambrano is a question mark across the board. Also, name a GM that doesn't have his work cut out for him.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:04 pm

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Amen but Barney is worth keeping, as well!!

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:57 pm

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Thank you for taking him! Massachusetts, and the rest of Red Sox nation are ready to support whoever the ladies in charge obtain.

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