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Angels name Maddon new manager

Maddon signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Cubs prior to the 2015 season, and the team finished above.500 in each of his five seasons.

UPDATE (11:15 a.m. ET): Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reported Wednesday that Maddon has agreed to a three-year contract to become the Angels' new manager.

For the 65-year-old Maddon, it's a return to the organization with which he spent 31 seasons before becoming the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006.

Cubs general manager Theo Epstein suggested that the 2019 Cubs lacked motivation and that it was not up to the front office to hold players accountable on a daily basis, seemingly implying Maddon did not push his players as he did during the first four years of his five-year contract.

Now, he'll head to LA, where the Angels are just about ready to compete. He had served as Scioscia's bench coach before that and had served brief stints as an interim manager for the Angels in 1996 and 1999.

The Angels also interviewed veteran managers John Farrell and Buck Showalter and Padres hitting coach Johnny Washington for the job, but Maddon was the choice. He will replace Brad Ausmus, who was sacked September 30 after one season with the Angels. "We believe Joe will be a great asset for our club and look forward to him leading the team to another World Series championship".

The three-time Manager of the Year left the Cubs by mutual consent last month after they missed the playoffs for the first time in his five-year tenure. He led the team to its only World Series appearance in 2008.

Some may have thought that Joe Maddon may have been having second thoughts of taking over the train wreck that has been the Angels over the past few seasons.

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. Maddon was expected to be a valued candidate for other managerial openings around the majors, but he was clearly eager for a reunion. Maddon's record (1252-1067) in 14 seasons managing both Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago Cubs.



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