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.

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Comments (2)
  1. brat says:

    Now it would be funny if Theo goes to the Cubs and hires Tito, then the Cubs win the world series.

  2. gramps says:

    ‘Theo’s Theme’…..

    Now this could only happen to a ‘lad’ like me
    And only happen in a league like this.
    So may I say to each of you most gratefully
    As I throw the ‘Sox’ one last kiss:

    This was my kind of town.
    Boston, was…
    My kind of town,Chicago is,
    My kind of people, too;
    ‘Cubbies’ who smile at you,
    And each time I roam, baseball is,
    Callin’ me home, Wrigley is,
    Why I just grin like a clown;
    It’s my kind of town.

    My kind of town.
    Chicago is, my kind of town.
    Chicago is my kind of razzmatazz
    And it has all that jazz,

    And if I leave Boston, Chicago is,
    Tuggin’ my sleeve, Chicago is,
    The Wrigley ‘Ivy’, Chicago is,
    Not ‘Harvard’ Ivy, Chicago is…
    The National League, Chicago is,
    One town that wanted me ‘NOW’
    It’s my kind of town…..!


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