AP source: Epstein to Cubs likely within 48 hours

By HOWARD ULMAN | October 11, 2011 | 10:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is likely to join the Chicago Cubs within the next 48 hours.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because no announcement had been made.

The Cubs fired general manager Jim Hendry on Aug. 19. They have been pursuing Epstein, who just finished his ninth season with Boston. The Red Sox missed the playoffs following a record collapse, going 7-20 in September.

The Boston Herald first reported that Epstein "is on the cusp" of leaving the Red Sox for a position with the Cubs and that an announcement was expected within 24 to 48 hours.