Theo Epstein Cubs: Red Sox GM Must Save Struggling Chicago Organization

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIIOctober 5, 2011

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 11:  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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The Chicago Cubs have asked the Boston Red Sox permission to talk to Theo Epstein, obviously thinking since he's done it once, why can't he do it again.

Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe has reported there were meetings at Fenway Park on Tuesday regarding Epstein and his availability. Roughly nine years ago, Epstein signed with Red Sox at age 28, making him the youngest GM in the history of the MLB.

He won two titles with the boys from Boston, something that hadn't been done since 1918 (as if you didn't know that).

Now, it seems as if Epstein is ready to tackle a new challenge.

The 86-year drought is overshadowed by the 103-year streak the Cubs are currently suspended in. The Cubs have the longest streak without a title of any team in North American major sports right now.

This season, the Cubs went 71-91, which was good for fifth in the NL Central division and well short of a playoff spot. In the past few years, the Cubs have had their fair share of underachieving players that have kept them out of the championship picture.

Last season, both Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Pena hit more than 25 home runs. However, both players accounted for more than 100 strikeouts. Pena led the team with 161 strikeouts, which was the 10th most in the league.

Epstein has showed that he's not afraid to send high-profile players packing if they're not performing, so bringing him in would show the team that no one is safe. There's no certainty to what position Epstein would take, but it's likely that the Cubs would give him a solid amount of power in the organization.

The Cubs current manager, Mike Quade, has only held the position for just over a season. It's not like Epstein would be replacing Lou Piniella, who retired in 2010, if he was brought in as the new GM.

Cubs fans around the world looking for changes in the management should be smiling about Epstein's potential future with the team. He has proven his ability in Boston, and taking Chicago to the promise land would truly earn him the title as a "closer."