First the Red Sox cut ties with manager Terry Francona, now it seems general manager Theo Epstein might be on his way out.
While the Tigers have taken a lead in Game 3 of the ALCS, this has been the bubbling behind-the-scenes baseball story of the night. The Boston Herald reported that a deal is on the cusp for Epstein to leave the Red Sox to accept a larger role with the Cubs. Various other reports suggest the move expected to happen, but it’s not quite a done deal. The Cubs would have to provide some sort of compensation, players or cash.
According to my old friend Pete Abraham at the Boston Globe:
If Epstein leaves, the Red Sox have given every indication that senior vice president and assistant general manager Ben Cherington would replace him. A 36-year-old New Hampshire native and Amherst graduate, Cherington has been with the Red Sox since 1999.