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Cubs sign president Theo Epstein to contract extension

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By James Neveau

The Chicago Cubs have become one of the premier franchises in Major League Baseball, and the leading architect of that success is getting a fresh contract extension as a reward.

That executive is Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, who has reportedly agreed to a five-year contract extension with the organization, according to reports from CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney and CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine, among others.

Epstein, who was hired by the Cubs after the 2011 season, had a contract that was expiring at the end of this season, but team owner Tom Ricketts insisted that a deal would get done at a proper time. Now, with the Cubs safely in the playoffs and looked at as a prohibitive favorite to win a World Series title, Epstein will get the new contract extension that has been talked about for so long.

After three years of missing the postseason under Epstein, the Cubs have made the playoffs in consecutive seasons, reaching the NLCS in 2015 and winning a Major League-high 101 games en route to their first division title since the 2008 season.

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