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Report: Cubs Ask For Permission To Talk To Epstein

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Former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The Chicago Cubs have reportedly requested permission to talk to Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein about their vacant GM job.

The Cubs declined comment, and Red Sox officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

According to the Boston Globe, the Sox “have filed the forms with Major League Baseball seeking permission to speak to the Red Sox general manager about the vacant position in their front office.”

It’s not clear yet if the Red Sox will seek compensation from the Cubs if Epstein is allowed to leave.  He has one year remaining on his Red Sox contract.

Meanwhile, Red Sox owner John Henry says the team has begun searching for a new manager and interviews could begin next week.

Henry said on Twitter on Tuesday night that ownership was briefed by Epstein and his assistant Ben Cherington.

Henry says the team is “Excited to once again bring in smart, creative, hands-on leadership.”

And he says, “We have the right people looking.”

He did not comment on Epstein’s status.

(TM and © Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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