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Joe Maddon's Agent Upset With Speculation

Alan Nero emphasized there's plenty of time for Maddon to sign an extension.

October 16, 2018 - 4:33 pm
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(670 The Score) The agent of Cubs manager Joe Maddon is upset by the speculation surrounding Maddon's future in Chicago and emphasized Maddon has a quality relationship with management despite not yet receiving a contract extension.

Maddon is set to enter the final year of his contract in 2019 with no extension talks being held yet, which is perfectly fine with him, agent Alan Nero told the Chicago Tribune. The only concern in Nero's mind is that the media won't stop discussing Maddon's future.

"Joe never had a problem with any of this," Nero told the Tribune. "Never. He was very comfortable. He was very relaxed. He wasn’t thinking about it. He wasn’t worried about it. You guys fired everything up."

A story from respected national reporter Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic the day after the Cubs lost to the Rockies in the wild-card round detailed how some of Maddon's decisions and choices in the season "might push" Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein to make a change. 

In a season-ending news conference, Epstein strongly denied any friction with Maddon, outside of typical baseball debate that Epstein embraces because he doesn't want a "yes man" as manager. 

Nero echoed Epstein's comments and emphasized that there remains plenty of time to get an extension done for Maddon before the 2019 season.

"There was not a problem between Theo and Joe," Nero told the Tribune. "Joe wasn’t worried about (an extension). Theo wasn’t worried about it. There was plenty of time. We’ve got the offseason. We’ve got the GM meetings. We’ve got the Winter Meetings. We’ve got spring training.

"He’s got a contract for next year. When the time is right, Theo and I will sit down and talk about it. But there is no issue ... There is no problem between them. Everyone seems to want to write about this, and the only reason there might be any sense of urgency to talk about an extension is because of this (BS)."

The Cubs have made the playoffs all four years of Maddon's tenure, which includes winning the World Series in 2016 and two National League Central crowns.