Sources: Phillies intend to aggressively pursue Theo Epstein

Epstein has indicated to friends that he intends to sit out the 2021 season.

(670 The Score) In conjunction with resigning as the Cubs’ president of baseball operations Tuesday, Theo Epstein sent a letter to his friends and staffers in the organization explaining his rationale.

In it, he indicated he plans to have “a third chapter leading a baseball organization someday” while adding that he doesn’t expect that to come to fruition for the 2021 season, ESPN reported. At this time, Epstein would rather focus on other aspects and endeavors in his life.

Regardless, the Phillies are ready to make a run at the 46-year-old Epstein. They plan to aggressively pursue Epstein to become their baseball operations chief, sources told 670 The Score reporter Bruce Levine. The Phillies demoted general manager Matt Klentak in early October after he oversaw five straight non-winning seasons that included no playoff appearances.

The Phillies have spent big in recent seasons, signing outfielder Bryce Harper to a $330-million deal ahead of the 2019 season and right-hander Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118-million contract last offseason. They haven’t had a winning record since their 102-win season in 2011.

Epstein led the Cubs for the past nine years, leading them to five playoff appearances, three National League Central crowns, three NL Championship Series appearances and a historic World Series title in 2016.