Report: Cubs want to speak to Epstein
The Chicago Cubs have asked for permission to speak with Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein about a role within their organization, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.
The Red Sox reportedly were meeting late Tuesday to discuss their response.
Epstein, 37, is under contract at Boston so the team has the right to refuse the request. Another option is to grant permission to talk to Epstein under the condition the Cubs pay some sort of compensation to the Red Sox if they do eventually hire him.
Epstein is two months away from his ninth anniversary with the Red Sox, in which time the team has won two World Series. He has one year left on his contract.
He became the youngest general manager in the history of Major League Baseball when he was hired by the Red Sox aged 28 in 2002.
Boston broke an 86-year drought by winning the World Series two years later.
The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908 — the longest drought in baseball.