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Theo Epstein anticipates extension talks with Cubs ownership during spring

MESA, Ariz. — With major roster concerns settled and spring underway, substantive talks on an extension for Cubs team president Theo Epstein and his staff are expected to become the next major order of business for the team.

“I’m sure those conversations will take place in the natural course of events, and spring training’s always a good time to have those conversations,” said Epstein, who’s in the final year of a five-year, $18.5-million deal. “But there’s nothing scheduled and no sense of urgency.

“We agree on the fundamentals. I want to be here, and I think [chairman Tom Ricketts] wants us to be here. It’ll take care of itself.”