The Cubs have announced that they have hired Joe Maddon as their next manager, as first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com last Wednesday. While the details of his contract with Chicago are not yet known, Maddon has reportedly been looking for a deal in the five-year, $25 million range and is expected to become one of the highest-paid managers in all of baseball.
The team first announced that they have fired incumbent manager Rick Renteria, who only spent one season with the club after the firing of Dale Sveum last year. Club president Theo Epstein explained the process of hiring Maddon in a candid press release on Friday afternoon.
The Cubs have been considered a frontrunner to land Maddon since he opted out of his deal with the Rays two weeks ago, despite interest from multiple teams throughout the league. The hiring of Maddon represents a commitment to a reputable manager to see through the club's long rebuilding process. With prospects like Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, C.J. Edwards and Kris Bryant soon to join the major league club, the future is bright for a Cubs' club that was thought to have hired Renteria as a short-term lame duck manager until a long-term replacement could be named.
In nine seasons as the Rays' manager, Maddon compiled a 754-705 record (.517) while making the postseason on four occasions and reaching the World Series in 2008. He is widely regarded as one of the best managers in baseball, and became a free agent as a result of disagreements with Rays' management fueled by the departure of new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.