Joe Maddon season is underway.
With the Cubs eliminated from playoff contention, Joe Maddon’s future with the team is definitely in doubt.
The manager is in the last year of his contract and many people around baseball are assuming that Maddon will not return to the Cubs next year. Other teams are circling to pounce on the opportunity to get a World Series-winning manager.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic mentioned the Phillies and Mets as logical landing spots, but also reported that the Angels are interested in Maddon. The mention of the Angels has extra relevance because Maddon spent 31 years in the organization as a player, scout and coach.
Three teams already have openings: the Padres, Royals and Giants. More openings are sure to be created.
This is still a bit premature because the Cubs could decide to keep Maddon, but the way Jon Lester spoke about Maddon after Wednesday’s loss, it does sound like Maddon is on his way out.
If the Cubs do part ways with Maddon, there will be plenty of suitors if he decides he wants to manage in 2020.
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