Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told members of the media, including Patrick Mooney of The Athletic, that the club won’t discuss a contract extension with manager Joe Maddon and his agent Alan Nero until later in the 2019 season. Maddon is entering the last year of his five-year, $25 million contract with the Cubs.
According to Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM, there is no ill will between the two sides. Maddon is content to enter the 2019 season without a resolution for his future with the Cubs.
Maddon, 64, has managed the Cubs for the last four seasons, compiling a 387-261 (.597) regular season record and winning the World Series in 2016. After reaching the NLCS in 2017, the Cubs lost the NL Central tiebreaker to the Brewers this year, then were eliminated from the postseason by the Rockies in the NL Wild Card game.