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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 WEEI.com. 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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Comments

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:08 am
 

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Theo to Cubs is a brilliant move!  First thing Theo should do - hire Ryan Sandberg as his manager!  The 100+ year drought will soon be over, I'd give it three years and they're in the Series.  Go Cubs!!! 



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:06 am
 

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

"You don't think you guys could take Zambrano as well, do you?"

That would never happen, Zambrano will almost definately end up in Florida playing for Ozzie.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:05 am
 

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Sure take Zambrano too!  Glad we got Epstein but what a headache (zambrano) to have to deal with right away...same with Soriano. 




Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:01 am
 

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Best thing thats happend to the Cubs since the trade for Aramis Ramirez, Kenny Lofton, and Randall Simon



Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:59 am
 

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Blue, that's not a bad idea.  You don't think you guys could take Zambrano as well, do you?



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:56 am
 

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Speaking of bad contracts...how about the Red Sox let Theo take one of his bad contracts with him (Lackey) and we take one of the Cubs bad contracts (Soriano) in return.  Call it an even trade and both players can have a fresh start.

As a Sox fan I know I would rather have Soriano than Lackey...production wise.  Hell, if we gotta pay the money anyways at least get a little something for it.



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:52 am
 

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Help bring us a winner, baby!



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:42 am
 

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

Bring him over and give him money to work with.  He is a great addition and will help the cubs get back to the playoffs!



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:41 am
 

Report: Epstein has 5-year deal with Cubs

This would be one of the smartest and biggest moves the Cubs have made since trading for Rick Sutcliffe in 1984.  If they only have to give Boston a top prospect or two who cares?  The Cubs farm system has not generated much talent for some time outside of Starlin Castro.  Could this be the beginning of the end of the 103 year drought?

On the downside....Epstein has his work cut out for him.  The Cubs have some bad contracts to deal with (Soriano, Zambrano, etc) and Epstein is going to have to rebuild the farm system as well.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:40 am
 

THE DRINKING RED SOX PITCHERS "WE DONT CARE"!!!!!



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