Theo Epstein has denied that Joe Maddon's recent comments about his contract reportedly made the Chicago Cubs unhappy.

Per Dan Bernstein of 670 The Score (h/t Evan Altman of Cubs Insider), the Cubs are "pissed" at Maddon because he didn't "honor the handshake … agreement" they had not to discuss his status in public.

"They are not happy with Joe Maddon saying what he said where he said and when he said it, and this is a power move by Joe," Bernstein said.

Epstein later issued a statement, via Jordan Bastian of, calling the report "totally baseless," adding "we had no problems with Joe's comments."

Speaking to reporters prior to Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, Maddon was asked about his optimism level about remaining with the Cubs after this season.