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 Posted: Thu Sep 29th, 2016 01:43 am
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The Chicago Cubs have locked up their architect, as the team announced Wednesday that president Theo Epstein has been signed to a five-year contract extension.

The deal could pay Epstein in excess of $50 million, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

"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. Now, the results are on the field. My family and I have no doubt that we have moved closer to our goal of delivering Cubs fans the World Series championship they deserve," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. He went on to add that the extension "ensures the baseball operations team assembled by Epstein will continue its remarkable tenure of building a consistent championship contender."

Epstein joined the Cubs in 2011 after spending nine years as GM of the Boston Red Sox. The 42-year-old's first season on the job saw the Cubs lose 101 games. Since then, Epstein has overseen a total rebuild of the team's farm system that's helped Chicago steadily increase its record with the help of a cadre of young stars. It's all culminated in a 2016 season that's seen the Cubs run away with baseball's best record while reaching the 100-win mark for the first time since 1935.

General manager Jed Hoyer and senior vice-president of player development Jason McLeod also received extensions, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.