10/11 Epstein decision could be soon
The Cubs have no comment on the latest report out of Boston that Theo Epstein will make a decision soon regarding the team’s vacant GM job. The Boston Herald is reporting that Epstein is “on the cusp” of leaving the Red Sox to take a job with the Cubs that would give him more power than he had in Boston. The newspaper reported an announcement was expected “in the next 24 to 48 hours.” The Cubs have been looking for a new general manager since Jim Hendry was dismissed Aug. 19.
A Cubs spokesman said Tuesday night they will not comment on the search.
The Herald said the Red Sox are still trying to keep Epstein in Boston. If he does go, the Red Sox will want compensation that’s “something real,” according to the newspaper. That could mean a player, money or a combination of the two. Another source told the Herald “this is going to be resolved very soon.”
Comcast Sports Net New England reported Tuesday the Epstein-to-the-Cubs deal is “close, but it’s not done yet.” Epstein has one year remaining on his contract with the Red Sox but a baseball source told CSNNE that compensation was not the sticking point, adding, “It’s a little more complicated than that.” The issue is believed to be more personal. Epstein must decide if he wants to leave Boston.
Epstein joined the Red Sox in 2002 at the age of 28, and put together teams that won the World Series in 2004 and ’07. Boston reached the playoffs in six of his nine seasons, but this year’s team went 7-20 in September and blew a nine-game lead in the American League Wild Card. Manager Terry Francona resigned two days after the Red Sox’s season ended.
Epstein would face another tough task with the Cubs, who are coming off a 91-loss season, and have an even longer drought since winning a World Series than the Red Sox. The Cubs have not won the championship since 1908.
– Carrie Muskat