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Theo Epstein quits as Red Sox g.m.

Theo Epstein walks away from the Red Sox, apparently because of frustration over intranecine politics in the front office:

Epstein had come close to agreeing to a deal Saturday evening but had not officially conveyed acceptance of it. On Sunday, he began having serious misgivings about staying on. A leading contributing factor, according to sources close to the situation, was a column in Sunday's Boston Globe in which too much inside information about the relationship between Epstein and his mentor, team president and CEO Larry Lucchino, was revealed -- in a manner slanted too much in Lucchino's favor. Epstein, according to these sources, had several reasons to believe Lucchino was a primary source behind the column and came to the realization that if this information were leaked hours before Epstein was going to agree to a new long-term deal, it signaled excessive bad faith between he and Lucchino.

Shocking news, if this is true.

And with Epstein and DePodesta both out as g.m.s, Gerry Fraley must think it is Christmas.