MLB Rumors: Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, is leaving his post as president of baseball operations, the team announced today. Jeff Passan and Jon Paul Morosi both say on Twitter that Epstein has “resigned.” His leaving his post is effective as of November 20, 2020 — this Friday. Jed Hoyer is taking over as president of baseball operations for the Cubs.
The timing of this move is very surprising, although there has been talk that Epstein, who joined the Cubs as president of baseball operations after the 2011 season, and who at that time hired then-San Diego Padres g.m. Jed Hoyer to be the Cubs’ g.m., was not going to be with the Cubs in the long-term going forward. Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark had a piece in the Athletic this morning, focusing on the g.m. searches the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets are performing, that mentioned Epstein not planning on staying with the Cubs beyond 2021, when his contract was set to expire. Rosenthal and Stark indicated that Epstein was seen as likely to work on putting together a potential ownership group to buy a team once he was no longer with the Cubs.
Epstein, who broke the fabled Boston Red Sox curse as g.m. for the BoSox when they won the World Series in 2004, also ended the Curse of the Billy Goat for the Cubs in 2016, so his place in baseball history is forever solidified. Why the particular timing of this move coming now, and what Epstein will be looking to do next, remain to be seen.