With a deadline for getting a deal done with the City of Chicago on a Wrigley Field renovation today, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts says that the two sides have not reached a deal.

However, Ricketts is willing to "commit to the process," as one City Hall source told me this morning, with the City, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Thomas Tunney.

"Our goal has always been to stay at Wrigley Field and we worked very hard all weekend long as we try to get a deal done," Ricketts told me this morning. "The mayor has been great and so has the alderman. We have agreed to continue our dialogue with the City of Chicago."

Ricketts has had many in and outside his inner circle telling him to look at other options outside of Wrigley, but he has remained steadfast in his hopes of staying at Wrigley Field for the long term and continued that mantra today.

"We have always considered Wrigley Field the best option for our franchise and we continue to feel that way," he said. "I appreciate the efforts of the mayor and the alderman to work with us, and we have agreed to continue the process that we hope will result in us preserving Wrigley Field for the long haul while also giving our players and fans the amenities that we need to compete and they deserve to have when they attend a game."

On the topic of struggling closer Carlos Marmol, Ricketts made it clear that if president of baseball operations Theo Epstein decides to eat the remaining several million dollars on Marmol's contract, that decision is Epstein's to make.

"I don't discuss specific players whether it is Carlos or anyone else," Ricketts said. "Theo has complete control of baseball operations and whatever he decides to do with any player that decision is his not mine," he said.