AP source: Epstein agrees to deal with Cubs

By Rick Gano

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 12 2011 7:25 p.m. MDT

FILE - This Sept. 30, 2011 file photo shows Boston Red Sox owner Tom Werner, left, listening as general manager Theo Epstein speaks during a news conference in Boston. Epstein is likely to join the Chicago Cubs within the next 48 hours, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday night, Oct. 11, 2011. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File, Associated Press

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CHICAGO — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The person says compensation issues must be worked out before the deal is finalized. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday night because there has not been an announcement.

The 37-year-old Epstein would leave the Red Sox with a year remaining on his contract as general manager and take over what is expected to be an expanded role with the Cubs, who have gone 103 years without a World Series championship.

Radio station WEEI in Boston, ESPN the Magazine and SI.com earlier cited unidentified sources in reporting that Epstein has agreed to a five-year deal.

The Cubs declined comment Wednesday and Red Sox officials could not be reached by The Associated Press. On Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told the AP that Epstein was likely to join the Cubs within 48 hours.

With Epstein at the helm, the Red Sox ended an 86-year World Series championship drought in 2004 and won the title again in 2007.

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts fired GM Jim Hendry in July, although Hendry stayed on the job for another month.

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