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Joe Maddon agrees to three-year contract to be Angels' next manager

Joe Maddon agrees to three-year contract to be Angels' next manager

Joe Maddon quickly found a new home. The former Cubs manager has agreed to be the next manager of the Angels, the team announced Wednesday. 

ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reported Wednesday that Maddon's contract with the Angels is a three-year deal worth between $12-15 million. 

Maddon, a three-time Manager of the Year, seemed like he could never leave Chicago after leading the Cubs to their first World Series title in 2016, breaking a 108-year drought. But the Cubs did not renew Maddon's contract at the end of September after they failed to make the playoffs. 

Speculation quickly arose that Maddon could be a possible replacement for the retiring Bruce Bochy as the Giants' next manager. But as soon as those rumors swirled, it became clear he had his eyes on Mike Trout and the Halos. 

This isn't Maddon's first time with the Angels, either. He spent four seasons in the minors with the organization as a catcher and began his coaching career with them in 1979. He joined the Angels' major league staff in 1994 and was twice the team's interim manager. 

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Maddon has a career regular-season record of 1,252-1,068 as a manager between the Angels, Rays and Cubs. He also has gone 32-35 in the playoffs. 

This crosses one big name off the market among potential candidates for the Giants, as president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and the rest of the front office continues their search for a new manager in San Francisco.

MLB rumors: Yankees offer Gerrit Cole record seven-year, $245M contract

MLB rumors: Yankees offer Gerrit Cole record seven-year, $245M contract

Gerrit Cole is going to get paid. Everyone knew that headed into this offseason, but now we know the benchmark for his payday. 

The New York Times' Bob Klapisch reported Sunday that the Yankees offered the superstar pitcher a record-breaking, seven-year, $245 million contract. Those figures would surpass David Price's $217 million deal, and Zack Greinke's average annual value of $34.4 million per year. 

While Giants fans surely would love to see Cole pitching in San Francisco, it should be seen as a win if he does wind up in pinstripes. Cole, a Southern California native who just happens to be Brandon Crawford's brother-in-law, reportedly is being courted by the Dodgers and Angels as well. 

The Giants last faced Cole on May 22, 2018. The right-hander struck out eight batters over six innings in an 11-2 Astros win in Houston. In seven starts, Cole is 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA against the Giants. 

It's safe to say, the last thing San Francisco's front office wants to see is the 29-year-old returning to the NL to be a Dodger. The fewer times you face Cole in a season, the better. 

Cole taking his talents to the Bronx certainly would be a welcome sight for the A's, too. Sure, he still would be in the AL, but it definitely beats having him in the same division. 

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Oakland faced Cole twice last season, and he was brilliant in both starts, allowing only three earned runs over 13 innings to go with 15 strikeouts. He is 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 50 2/3 innings in eight career starts against the A's. 

As Shohei Ohtani returns to the mound in 2020, the A's will have their hands full when they face the Angels. Adding Cole could be a disgusting cherry on top. 

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

With the Winter Meetings rapidly approaching, MLB free agency is heating up.

One of the top available pitchers -- Madison Bumgarner -- is expected to be in high demand, particularly now that Cole Hamels has signed with the Braves and Zack Wheeler reportedly has agreed to a five-year contract with the Phillies. For teams who scoff at Gerrit Cole's price tag, Bumgarner might be the logical compromise.

The Giants have been "in communication" with Bumgarner, but rumor has it another interested team has entered the mix.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Thursday that the St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to Bumgarner, citing a source.

St. Louis already has brought back veteran Adam Wainwright on a one-year deal, and after he, Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson, there appears to be an opening for Bumgarner in the starting rotation. Signing with the Cardinals would not only allow Bumgarner to continue pitching in the National League, but would also allow him to continue taking his own at-bats, which we know he loves so much. He also has been linked to teams such as the Twins and White Sox, but would forfeit his at-bats to a DH in each of those situations.

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While Bumgarner is expected to receive a contract in excess of $100 million, Feinsand suggests Wheeler's reported $118 million payday might serve to increase the total.