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.
Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.
With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.
On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.