Theo Epstein resigns from Red Sox to join Cubs

BOSTON — Theo Epstein, who grew up in the shadows of Fenway Park and served as general manager of the Red Sox for nine seasons, has decided to leave his hometown team and become the president of baseball operations in the Chicago Cubs’ front office.

The Cubs will hold a news conference on Tuesday, at which time they will announce the hiring of Epstein. Also Tuesday, the Red Sox are expected to elevate assistant GM Ben Cherington. While Cherington has long worked under Epstein, he actually predates his former boss in the Red Sox organization.

Cherington was hired by the Red Sox in 1999 as a mid-Atlantic area scout and joined the baseball operations department in May of that year. The New Hampshire native was named the club’s director of player development in 2002 and served in that role until December 2005, when he became co-GM of the Red Sox, along with Jed Hoyer, when Epstein resigned from the GM post for two months. Cherington worked as vice president of player personnel for three years before being promoted to the role of assistant GM in January 2009.

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