(CBS) According to a report from the Boston Globe, the Chicago Cubs have asked permission from the Boston Red Sox to interview Theo Epstein for the Cubs’ general manager position.

Reports indicate there were meetings at Fenway Park this afternoon regarding the team’s response to the request.

Because Epstein is under contract, the Red Sox would have the right to refuse such a request. They could grant it with the condition that some sort of compensation be made in exchange for hiring Epstein, or Epstein could decline the interest.

Rumors have circulated between the Cubs and Epstein since the Red Sox missed the playoffs, resulting in the release of manager Terry Francona.

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