And they're off, or Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is. Multiple sources have confirmed that Epstein has signed a 5-year deal worth about $15-20 million with the Chicago Cubs to leave the Red Sox. Epstein was a good GM for the Sox, as he loaded the 2003-2004 playoff teams with low-risk high-reward moves like Bill Mueller, David Ortiz, and Kevin Millar; as well as big names like Curt Schilling. However, that low-risk high-reward idea did not work again in 2009, as he failed at moves like John Smoltz and Brad Penny. To your right is a picture of Epstein making the move that potentially shipped him away as Carl Crawford had a dreadful year worth $21 million (Could've gotten the same production out of Ryan Kalish- yes, I do know he was on the DL all year). We'll miss you, Theo, as despite your blunders- you gave us 2 World Championships and ended the curse.