MESA, Ariz. - The Cubs may not make a move to add another player before spring training ends, but the organization's biggest contract dispute is still unresolved.
Theo Epstein is not signed beyond 2016, as the Cubs president of baseball operations - and the man spearheading a front office that has the Cubs entering the season as World Series favorites - and chairman Tom Ricketts have not yet reached an agreement on a contract extension.
Outwardly, Epstein has maintained for months that it's a nonissue and he continued that stance when meeting with the media on the official start of spring training.
"It's not a concern," Epstein said. "I'm sure those conversations will take place in the natural course of events. Spring training's always a good time to have those types of conversations, but nothing's scheduled and no sense of urgency.
"We agree on the fundamentals - I want to be here and I think he wants us here. It'll take care of itself."
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When Epstein left the Boston Red Sox following the beer-and-fried-chicken scandal in 2011, he signed a five-year, $18.5 million deal with the Cubs.
Back in September, Epstein said he was more focused on the Cubs' postseason run than his own contract.
Epstein's message on Friday hasn't changed much since he addressed the issue at the Cubs Convention in January, saying he and Ricketts are on the same page, but just haven't hammered out an actual contract.
At some point, Ricketts and the Cubs will have to figure something out with Epstein's contract before a dark cloud forms over the organization.