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Chicago Cubs, Theo Epstein Agree to 5 Year Extension

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Chicago Cubs agree to 5 year extension with executive Theo Epstein

The Chicago Cubs have signed president of baseball operations Theo Epstein to a 5 year contract extension. Epstein’s current 5 year contract was set to expire at the end of the season and many wondered if he would resign with the Cubs.

The terms of Epstein’s new deal where not disclosed but the value that Theo has brought to the Cubs can be seen everyday. When Epstein came to Chicago in 2011, he took over a last place team. In fact, the first three seasons that Theo was in Chicago the team finished in last place. That all changed last season when the Cubs made it all the way to the NLCS and fell just 8 wins short of their first World Series since 1908.

Epstein has rebuilt this Cubs team through great drafts, smart trades and sensible free agent additions. The mentality of stockpiling position players and buying big name starting pitching has paid off for the Cubs and is a big reason why they are 101-56 this season.

This is the Cubs first 100 win season since 1935 and if they can make the World Series, it would be their first appearance since 1945.

Owner and chairman of the Cubs Tom Ricketts had this to say about Epstein’s success in Chicago:

“In the five years under Theo’s leadership, he has brought in a strong executive team and acquired and developed some of the best players in the game….” 

There is no doubt that this Cubs team would not be in the position it is now without Theo. He built World Series teams in Boston and that is a big reason why the Cubs pursued Epstein in 2011.

With Epstein signed long-term, he can now focus on keeping this Cubs team in the playoffs for years to come. The Cubs are built for the long haul and with the man responsible for that behind the wheel for 5 more years, the sky is the limit for the Cubs.