Epstein: Bet Maddon Stays With Cubs 'A Long Time'

Joe Maddon is working in the final season of his contract.

Chris Emma
January 19, 2019 - 11:45 am

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Cubs manger Joe Maddon is now operating in the fifth and final year of his contract, with no guarantees beyond what the 2019 season holds.

Maddon arrived at Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Grand this weekend well aware of his status with the organization, and it was the prevailing elephant in the ballroom. Among those curious to Maddon's future was a young boy who stepped to a microphone and asked Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein if he will retain Maddon on a new contract.

"My bet is that it goes extraordinarily well with Joe and the whole group, and he's here for a long time," Epstein said.

The Cubs have reached the playoffs in each of Maddon's four seasons leading the team, won two National League Central crowns and captured the World Series in 2016. However, the Cubs fell to the Brewers in a Game 163 for the division crown last season and then were eliminated in the NL wild-card game, leading to a more scrutiny regarding Maddon's future with the organization.

The 64-year-old Maddon is 387-261 during his tenure with the Cubs.

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