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Red Sox owner Tom Werner, left, listens as general manager Theo Epstein speaks during a news conference Friday. (AP)
Red Sox owner Tom Werner, left, listens as general manager Theo Epstein speaks during a news conference Friday. (AP)

It has been one week since the baseball season came to a screeching halt for the Red Sox and already the fallout on Yawkey Way has been sharp.

On Friday, it was Terry Francona who said he'd be leaving the club as manager. Now, the word is that General Manager Theo Epstein could be on the way out too.

According to multiple reports out Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs have filed paperwork with Major League Baseball seeking permission from the Red Sox to interview Epstein for their vacant general manager job.

Epstein is under contract with the Red Sox through next season, but team management hasn't exactly put rumors of his departure to bed.

When asked last week about Epstein's possible departure, team president Larry Lucchino said, "We're not prepared to answer that question here ... Theo is under contract with us, so it is an issue that has not been addressed or discussed."

Epstein himself has failed to quell the rumors either.

"I try to avoid commenting on things that are so speculative," Epstein said when asked in late August about the possibility of joining the Cubs. "I know there are a couple of articles which have appeared but I'm completely focused on the Red Sox of 2011 first and foremost and what potentially lies ahead for this club."

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This segment aired on October 5, 2011.

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