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Theo Epstein On Verge Of Joining Cubs

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BALTIMORE - APRIL 30:  General Manager Theo Epstein of the Boston Red Sox watches batting practice before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on April 30, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE - APRIL 30: General Manager Theo Epstein of the Boston Red Sox watches batting practice before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on April 30, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald reports general manager Theo Epstein is on the verge of leaving the Boston Red Sox for same position with the Chicago Cubs:

"Two baseball sources have confirmed that Theo Epstein is on the cusp of leaving his job as general manager of the Red Sox [team stats] to accept a position with the Chicago Cubs that is believed to include powers greater than he has in Boston, with an announcement expected to be made "within the next 24 to 48 hours."

Buckley adds the hangup in the negotiations is because Red Sox ownership is hoping to keep Epstein, but if he leaves they'll want "something real" for compensation. It could be players, cash, or both.

Epstein has been part of the Red Sox organization since '02, when he became the youngest general manager in baseball history. Since then, he captured two World Series titles and is considered one of the best general managers in baseball. Theo Epstein will have his hands full with the Cubs, but they'll be hoping for similar success.