Theo Epstein Agrees to Deal with Cubs

Five-year deal is worth more than $15 million, according to a report

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:40 AM CDT
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The curse-breaking Red Sox general manager will leave Beantown for Wrigleyville, according to a report.

Theo Epstein agreed to a five-year deal with the Cubs worth more than $15 million, NBC Sports reported. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the week.

The Cubs may have to give up a player or compensate the Red Sox for letting Epstein out of his contract with one year left, the Boston Herald reported.

ESPN reported that Epstein came to Chicago last weekend. However, the Cubs wouldn’t confirm that. The Cubs and Epstein engaged in talks, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Boston Globe reported the team asked Boston brass to interview Epstein last week.

The Boston native wants the title of general manager and president, according to several news outlets. He could bring in former Red Sox manager Terry Francona to replace current Cubs skipper Mike Quade.

The Cubs fired general manager Jim Hendry in August.

Epstein has worked as general manager for the Red Sox for nine seasons, which included two World Series titles for a team that hadn’t won a championship in 86 years.

The Cubs streak is a bit longer and Epstein will face a myriad of problems when he arrives in Chicago.

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