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Report: Epstein On The Brink Of Joining The Cubs

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Theo Epstein, general manager of the Boston Red Sox, answers questions about Carl Crawford during a press conference on December 11,  2010 at the Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Theo Epstein, general manager of the Boston Red Sox, answers questions about Carl Crawford during a press conference on December 11, 2010 at the Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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(CBS) According to a report from the Boston Herald, two sources have confirmed that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is on the verge of leaving his post with Boston to join the Cubs.

Epstein’s position with the Cubs is believed to include powers greater than he had in Boston, with an announcement expected to be made “within the next 24 to 48 hours.”

The Herald reports that:

The hangup in the negotiations has been twofold. One of them is that Red Sox ownership was still hoping to have Epstein remain with the team. The other is compensation: If Epstein is to leave Boston, said one source with knowledge of the negotiations, the Red Sox are going to want “something real.”

Whether that involves a player, money or a combination of the two remains unclear.

“But this is going to be resolved very soon,” said a second baseball source.

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