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Epstein flees Sox for Cubs

News out of Chicago is that Theo Epstein has agreed to a five-year, $15-million contract to become the new GM of the Cubs.

It will be interesting to see how this shapes the Wee Bears' 2012 plans. Chicago has a long history of passing out stupid money on free agent contracts like those it lavished on Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Zambrano and Kosuke Fukodome. And that's something that fueled a belief that the Cubs would be reluctant to spend the kind of money that it would take to steal a 32-year-old Albert Pujols away from the rival Cardinals.

But Epstein is also free with checkbook, passing out handsome deals to lure J.D. Drew away from the Dodgers, to pitcher John Lackey and to outfielder Carl Crawford. I doubt, unless things that had soured so much in Boston that he had to get out, that Epstein would leave the high spending Red Sox for a team that plans to rebuild through the farm system.