Theo Epstein is under contract through the 2016 season. Epstein has one year left on the five-year contract he signed in October 2011. Reports first surfaced last fall that Theo Epstein and Tom Ricketts were discussing a contract extension. Both Epstein and Ricketts later confirmed those reports. And Epstein was expected to sign a contract extension almost a year ago.
The direction of the organization shifted when Joe Maddon became available and the reports about a possible extension for Epstein went away until the first of the year. Around the Convention in January, multiple reports indicated Epstein and his staff were close to signing long-term extensions. By Opening Night there was so much excitement surrounding the team, Epstein was not asked about his contract again until last month.
Bruce Levine reported Theo Epstein was closing in on a new deal. Epstein told Levine that he could not be happier and he is committed to the Cubs. Epstein explained that he and Tom Ricketts view this “as a long-term partnership with a lot left to accomplish.” Epstein went on to say “there are a lot more important things going on right now in the organization” and that he and Tom Ricketts would talk about his contract at an appropriate time.
During his pre-game conversation with the beat writers Tuesday, Theo Epstein was asked about his contract status. Epstein said he has not had “any substantial talks with Tom Ricketts about a long-term extension” according to multiple reports.
Epstein explained, “Literally not even a thought in my mind. I think it’s just something that we’ll probably pick up when we’re done playing, whenever that is. I have no concerns or worries about it whatsoever. Tom and I see things the same way. We know this is a beginning for this organization. We all want to see it through.”
While a contract extension has not been signed, Epstein has been consistent with his public comments for close to a calendar year. Epstein is committed to The Plan he put in place and set in motion almost four years ago. One of the first major announcements from the Cubs in the off-season should be an extension for Theo Epstein.
Jason McLeod hasn’t been the only name from the Cubs front office mentioned as a possibility to fill general manager openings around baseball this fall. With the turnaround the organization has made at the big league level and the national attention the Cubs are receiving, rumors have suggested teams could also be interested in Jed Hoyer and assistant general manager Shiraz Rehman.
Theo Epstein addressed the rumors about the front office Tuesday. Epstein indicated he expects the front office to remain intact.
“We have a pretty tight-knit group. This is a great time to be a Chicago Cub, whether you’re in uniform or in the front office. I don’t really worry about losing people. But if we do, I think we have a really deep organization. There’s another layer ready to step up. We have some depth in the front office. We’re a great team in the front office. And I expect us to stay together for a while.”
Based on Epstein’s comments he does not anticipate any major changes to the front office. And that includes Jason McLeod.
Jason McLeod said last month he is committed to what the Cubs are doing and reiterated his commitment to the organization. McLeod explained “this is a special place” and while there is still work to do, his focus is the Cubs.
The Cubs have made two changes to the front office. Jared Porter left the Red Sox to be the Cubs’ Director of Pro Scouting. Porter replaced Joe Bohringer, who stayed with the organization as a scout.
- Report from the Sun-Times
- Report from Comcast SportsNet
- Report from ESPN Chicago
- Report from CBS Chicago