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"They'll either get it done or they won't. If they don't, then I will."
The Red Sox and Cubs issued a joint statement Friday night announcing that the 37-year-old Epstein had resigned from his post as Boston's general manager to go to the Cubs.Epstein's deal had been held up for more than a week as the teams haggled over compensation the Red Sox would receive for letting Epstein, who had one year left on his contract with Boston, go. Those negotiations continue even as Epstein leaves his hometown Red Sox.
According to the joint statement, the teams "have reached an agreement regarding a process by which appropriate compensation will be determined for the Red Sox and that issue will be resolved in the near term."
A source told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes that Cherington will be named Epstein's successor.
A baseball source also told ESPNBoston.com and ESPNChicago.com that current Padres GM Jed Hoyer would be granted permission to leave for the same position with the Cubs when San Diego promotes senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes to vice president/GM.
The Red Sox will presumably introduce Cherington as GM in Boston on Tuesday as well. Major League Baseball generally prohibits announcements during the World Series.Information from ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes and ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine and The Associated Press was used in this report.