Chicago Cubs fans have been one of the most long-suffering baseball team fans in the history of the sport. Behind them were Boston Red Sox fans who often lamented that they had not won a World Series for a very long time, before finally winning one in 2004. Cubs fans, however, have not even seen their team in a World Series game since the 1940s.
According to local Chicago media, the two teams are now having a kind of merger. It has been rumored for some time, but is now reportedly official that former Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein will be coming to the Chicago Cubs organization. He will be taking over as the Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations.
A joint statement was released by both teams late on Friday night stating that the move was happening. Reportedly an agreement has been reached regarding compensation for the Red Sox organization, the details of which will reportedly be resolved shortly.
Both the Cubs and the Red Sox reportedly will hold press conferences this coming Tuesday about the move. The Cubs will be introducing Epstein in his new role and the Red Sox will reportedly announce his replacement.
The deal has been a long time coming. For weeks now Cubs fans have been sitting on the edge of their seat awaiting word that the move would happen. Reportedly it was a matter of compensation that was holding up the deal and the ultimate announcement.
The Cubs have been making a number of moves in recent years to try and become a serious contender for a World Series championship. Their management changed, their field manager changed. Jim Hendry, former General Manager for the Cubs, was also let go after this past season. There are now reports that the San Deigo Padres General Manager Jed Hoyer will be stepping into that role soon.
Epstein was the GM for the Boston Red Sox for nine seasons. During that time he helped break the Red Sox World Series losing streak and brought the team two World Series championships.