null Baseball Joe Maddon is confident this won’t be his last season with the Cubs.Maddon, who has been Chicago’s manager since 2015, is in the final year of his contract but said Sunday he’s optimistic he’ll sign an extension. "(My optimism is) very high, yeah," Maddon told reporters, via .com. "Very high. Very, very high. I'm operating in that I believe we'll be together for a couple more years at least."The Cubs have won 90 or more games and made the playoffs in each of Maddon’s four full years. They entered play Sunday in first place of the National League Central with a 64-54 record. "I think (an extension) has nothing to do with wins and losses," Maddon said. "If that's the case, I would've signed the contract at the end of last season, if it came down to wins and losses only. Our success even to this point — August whatever it is — it's been pretty good. ... To jus

t reduce it to wins and losses, that makes no sense at all."It's about the ability to work together. For me, too. Understand (that) I want to be somewhere where I want to work, too, and that I enjoy the exchange, which I do. Everything about what we do at the Cubs and where we do it at is — you can't beat it. It's impossible to beat it on every level. So that's the allure for me." Related News Cubs feel ‘pretty fortunate’ to sign Jonathan Lucroy, says Joe Maddon Maddon, 65, added he wasn’t thinking about retiring."I'm not going to sit here and proclaim that I'm looking to go elsewhere,” Maddon said. “That's not true. It's about where both sides want each other, really. It's a marriage, in a sense, that the group would want me to be here and I'd want to be here also in return. And that would be the reason why you'd stay. It has to be mutual."