The extension comes with the Cubs wrapping up one of the greatest seasons in franchise history and their fans believing that this just might be the team to end the 108-year
They reached 100 wins for the first time since 1935 and were a major league-leading 101-56 heading into Wednesday's game at Pittsburgh. Chicago clinched the best record in the majors with more than a week left in the regular season.
"In the five years under Theo's leadership, he has brought in a strong executive team and acquired and developed some of the best players in the game," chairman
Terms were not disclosed. Ricketts said the contract "ensures the baseball operations team assembled by Epstein will continue its remarkable tenure of building a consistent championship contender."
Epstein, who was in the final season of the five-year deal he signed when he left Boston in October 2011, had repeatedly said a new contract was formality, that there were more immediate priorities. Ricketts had echoed that and indicated in the spring that he was prepared to make him one of the highest-paid executives in baseball.
The new deal is a reward for a stunning transformation that began with the arrivals of Epstein along with General Manager Jed Hoyer and senior vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod — his friends from Boston — following the 2011 season.