The first managing domino to tumble this offseason was one that was largely expected, with Joe Maddon reportedly agreeing to become the Angels’ new manager.
USA Today reported that the sides had agreed to a three-year deal. It brings Maddon back to the organization where he served as a minor-league player and manager and a major-league coach for several seasons before embarking on a successful 14-year managerial career with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago Cubs.
Maddon, 65, led the Cubs to their long-awaited World Series championship in 2016, but he parted ways with the organization after the team finished a disappointing 84-78 this season. He posted an average record of 94-68 over five years in Chicago, after compiling five seasons of at least 90 wins in nine years with Tampa Bay, highlighted by a trip to the World Series in 2008.
Maddon becomes the first hiring among eight managerial openings across baseball, including the Mets, who fired Mickey Callaway following a 86-76 season.
The Angels fired manager Brad Ausmus after just one season in which they finished 72-90, their fourth straight losing campaign.