Levine: Where Will Joe Maddon Land?

The Padres, Mets and Angels could be potential destinations for Maddon.

Bruce Levine
September 29, 2019 - 12:30 pm
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(670 The Score) Joe Maddon should have no shortage of options as he weighs the next step of his career after his departure from the Cubs.

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Maddon, 65, is one of the most attractive free-agent managers available in a market that projects to have numerous jobs open.

He has a strong resume that includes leading a winner in the small-market Rays and then directing the big-market Cubs to their long-awaited championship and arguably the best stretch in franchise history.

So where could Joe go? Let's break down some possible landing spots, keeping in mind that he has previously stated that he'd like to manage for three to five more seasons.

Mets

Mets manager Mickey Callaway was close to being fired in the middle of the season before a long hot streak got his club back into contention. With Maddon on the market, no manager whose job is in tenuous standing is safe from what management could consider a big upgrade. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen didn't hire Callaway, which leaves him in limbo. Maddon has a solid relationship with many New York writers, which could help sway the positive vibes his way in the world of public perception, which has plagued the Mets for years.

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Phillies

Gabe Kapler had never managed at any level when he took over as Phillies manager ahead of the 2018 season. In each of the past two years, Philadelphia has underachieved and faded down the stretch -- despite adding high-profile free agents in right-hander Jake Arrieta and outfielder Bryce Harper in consecutive offseasons. Phillies ownership expects more from its investments. Who would be better equipped than Maddon to get the most out of that roster?

Padres

It wouldn't be a surprise if there's already a sign hanging in the Padres' front office welcoming Maddon to San Diego. The Padres have one of the best farm systems in all of MLB and a strong young core already at the big league level that includes shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., third baseman Manny Machado and right-hander Chris Paddack. The Padres could be close to competing with the Dodgers for NL West supremacy, and they fired manager Andy Green on Sept. 21. The Padres should be on the short list of Maddon's top options.

Angels

Sitting manager Brad Ausmus has done nothing to get himself fired. That said, neither did Rick Renteria when he did everything the Cubs asked of him in 2014 and then was unceremoniously fired that October to make way for Maddon's grand entrance. Maddon previously spent 31 years with the Angels in various roles, and he and owner Arte Moreno go way back. Ausmus has two years remaining on his contract -- the same amount that Renteria had when he was dumped for Maddon.

Dodgers

Anything short of another trip to the World Series will cast doubt on the viability of manager Dave Roberts. That might sound absurd, but in this day and age, if you don't win it all with the best talent, your job never feels safe. Roberts has done an incredible job of handling the Dodgers' young talent and veterans and has led them to back-to-back World Series appearances. The wild card in this is Maddon's relationship with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. The two worked together for nine years in Tampa Bay, as Friedman hired Maddon to manage the Rays before the 2006 season. This potential landing spot for Maddon is certainly a long shot.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.