Reports: Cubs deny Mariners permission, close to extension with Hendry

Updated: October 18, 2008, 5:03 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The first sign that the Chicago Cubs were planning on keeping general manager Jim Hendry is when they refused to let the Seattle Mariners speak to him.

Multiple Chicago-area media outlets are reporting that the team and Hendry are close to agreeing on an extension, even as the team deals with a clouded future regarding its sale.

The Cubs open organizational meetings in Arizona this week, and an announcement on a multiyear extension might come then.

The Mariners, ...

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