Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has reportedly been given permission by the Boston Red Sox to forgo the final year of his contract with the team in order to join the Chicago Cubs, according to a New York Post report.
Joel Sherman reported via Twitter on Saturday that, according to every executive he has talked to in the last 36 hours, they all have said that Theo is heading out the door in Boston.
"I am shocked, but in last 36 hrs every exec talk to says believe #Redsox will give permssion and Theo will go to #Cubs to be GM." (via Joel Sherman on Twitter)
Epstein has been with the Red Sox since 2002 and has served as the team's GM ever since, with a sabbatical between 2005 and 2006. During his tenure, the Red Sox have won two World Series titles.
This news comes after the recent departure of eight-year manager Terry Francona, who left the team officially on Friday after the team blew a nine-game lead in the AL Wild Card in September and finished the month at 7-20.