Cubs reward Epstein for turnaround with 5-year extension

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a five-year contract extension with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, rewarding him for an overhaul that has the long-suffering franchise eyeing its first championship since 1908.

The agreement announced Wednesday crosses a big item off the Cubs’ to-do list, considering he had an expiring contract.

The extension comes with the Cubs wrapping up one of the greatest seasons in franchise history and their attention clearly fixed on winning their first World Series in more than a century.

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.