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Report: Cubs Ask Red Sox to Speak With Theo Epstein

Theo Epstein (Michele McDonald/ Globe Staff/ File 2002)

The Cubs have asked the Red Sox for permission to speak with Theo Epstein about their vacant GM job, according to the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy.

There were reportedly meetings at Fenway Park Tuesday afternoon regarding how the team would respond to the Cubs’ request.

There are three possible responses, according to the Globe’s Pete Abraham:

  • Because Epstein is under contract, the Red Sox could refuse the Cubs’ request.
  • The Sox could grant the request only if they get compensation in return (prospects or major league players) in the event Epstein signs with Chicago.
  • Epstein could decline the request (yeah, right).
If Epstein left the Red Sox, assistant GM Ben CheringtonĀ would be the likely replacement.
Despite winning two World Series in Boston, Epstein has to feel he has some unfinished business with the Red Sox after this past season’s disastrous collapse. He may feel that he has to stick around to fix his mess. Just my opinion though.

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