For every report Wednesday afternoon that stated the front office had a deal in place with Joe Maddon to manage the Cubs, there was one that said the exact opposite that an agreement had not been reached and the two sides were still in negotiations.
While deals are not official until announced, multiple outlets are reporting the Cubs and Joe Maddon have agreed to terms on a contract that will make him the manager of the Chicago Cubs.
The Sun-Times reported Wednesday night, the Cubs were “closing in on a multi-year deal to hire Joe Maddon” and “an announcement was expected as early as Thursday. Reports from the New York Times and ESPN that hit the wire during Game Seven of The World Series confirmed Gordon Wittenmyer’s report.
According to the Sun-Times, “the Cubs are the only serious bidder” for Joe Maddon and the “only holdup involves the Cubs’ fear for MLB backlash for upstaging Game Seven of The World Series.”
Reports have suggested Maddon was looking for a contract that would pay him at least $5 million per year and Wittenmyer’s report indicated Maddon’s deal with the Cubs will be for at least four years and worth around $5 million per season. And Maddon’s contract would make him the highest paid manager in Cubs’ history.
Wittenmyer acknowledged “some members of the Cubs organization” have had communication with Rick Renteria during this process, but Theo Epstein has not talked to Renteria and the Cubs skipper has not been notified by the front office of a change in his job status.
There is a lot of concern around the game about the way the Cubs have handled Rick Renteria. And a report from the New York Daily News indicated several current big league managers are not happy with Joe Maddon.
Once an announcement is made, Theo Epstein and the front office will have a lot of questions to answer about Rick Renteria. Major League Baseball is paying attention and how the Cubs explain the decision that was made will have a big impact on the way hiring one of the most respected managers in the game is viewed league wide.
- Full Report from the Sun-Times
- Full Report from the New York Daily News
- Timeline from Comcast SportsNet with Key Dates and Events on How the Cubs Ended Up Being in Position to Hire Joe Maddon