According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Joe Maddon will be the new manager of the Chicago Cubs beginning in 2015, so more or less effective immediately. The team has not confirmed the deal, in fact they’ve flat our denied it but according to Heyman sources “familiar with the dealings say that it is certain to be completed in the coming days.”
joe maddon to become cubs manager. story up soon at @CBSSports
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 29, 2014
There wasn’t supposed to be an anouncement until Friday, and technically if they are still working on the deal then there hasn’t been an annoucement. The announcement could still come on Halloween.
Current Cubs’ manager Rick Renteria, who has two years still left on his contract, was told by the club that there was a possibility that this deal could happen.
The Cubs will have to absorb those two years left on Renteria’s contract and it’s going to cost them a pretty penny to pay Maddon but it is worth it to solidify, almost complete the rebuilding of the team that the Cubs have been working on for so long.
They’ll probably be busy on the free agent market getting a veteran player or two to lead their young, talented squad. The Cubs are going to be good, folks.
And if you think about it, Theo Epstein is the curse breaker. He broke the “Curse of the Bambino” as general manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2004, and it appears that he’s taking on the “Curse of the Billy Goat.”
There’s a good chance with Joe Maddon leading this team that Epstein may just lift the “Curse of the Billy Goat” off of Wrigley Field for good.