This match has made sense on paper ever since it became clear that Maddon wasn't coming back to the Cubs, and speculation grew even heavier once the Halos fired manager Brad Ausmus after just one season.
Maddon, 65, is returning to the Angels organization - with which he spent the first three decades of his career - after managing the Chicago Cubs for five seasons and leading the franchise to its first World Series title in 108 years in 2016.
The three-time Manager of the Year had been linked to the Angels job ever since the team fired Brad Ausmus on September 30, a day after Maddon and the Cubs announced they were parting ways.
Fun fact: the year after he left both the Yankees and Diamondbacks, those clubs went on to win the World Series.
Maddon would replace Brad Ausmus, who was sacked as Angels manager after leading Los Angeles to a disappointing 72-90 record in 2019.
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Maddon was the Angels' bench coach during their championship season in 2002. "Every stop he has made throughout his managerial career he has built a culture that is focused on winning while also allowing his players to thrive". The Rays posted winning records the next five seasons and won the AL East in 2010.
The other reason this announcement should come as no surprise is the fact that Maddon is one of the best managers in the game, regardless of your personal feelings about his bullpen management, petting zoos and wine tasting. The contract is expected to be for three years with a value of $12-15 million and should be announced in the next few days.
All of the uncertainty about Maddon being hired by the Angels have been laid to rest this morning as Maddon and the Angels have reached a deal that will bring him back home so to speak.
The Angels' starting pitching was easily their biggest weakness in 2019, but the rotation will benefit next season from the return of Shohei Ohtani, the two-way star who spent this year exclusively as a designated hitter while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The deal, a source told The Athletic, is for three years. Maddon has received praise for his personable combination of old-school baseball passion and an eagerness to adapt to the new world of analytics and statistical decision-making.