Angels Name Joe Maddon Their New Manager

Maddon takes over a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2014.

670 The Score Staff
October 16, 2019 - 8:40 am

(670 The Score) It didn't take Joe Maddon long to land a new job.

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The Angels have hired Maddon to be their new manager, they announced Wednesday morning. He signed a three-year deal that's worth between $4 million and $5 million annually, according Jesse Rogers of ESPN.

Maddon's move comes after the Cubs announced on Sept. 29 that they would be parting ways with him after five successful seasons in Chicago. Maddon's contract had expired with the Cubs, who disappointed and missed the playoffs in an 84-78 season.

The Angels' managerial job opened when they fired Brad Ausmus after he led them to a 72-90 mark in his lone season. 

Maddon previously spent 31 years with the Angels as a player and coach at various levels of the organization. He was the bench coach when manager Mike Scioscia led the Angels to the World Series title in 2002. Maddon then managed the Rays from 2006-'14 before leading the Cubs from 2015 through the end of this season. That included directing the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title, breaking their 108-year championship drought. 

Maddon, 65, had long had a quality relationship with Angels owner Arte Moreno and kept a home in the Los Angeles area during his 14 years away from the Angels.

In his new job, Maddon will inherit a team with some of the best top-end talent in baseball but one that lacks depth and hasn't made the playoffs since 2014. As a two-time MVP and eight-time All-Star, center fielder Mike Trout is regarded as the consensus best player in the game. The 25-year-old Shohei Ohtani is a superb two-way talent who has excelled both on the mound and at the plate.