I don’t even know that we could say Joe Maddon was even on the hot seat after last night’s loss, but with a contract that expires after next season and some measure of discontentedness surrounding the team, I do understand why people wanted to talk about Joe Maddon’s job security.
But Jesse Rogers is reporting that there’s nothing to worry about in the short-term for Maddon:
Sources: Maddon expected to keep Cubs job https://t.co/5BeJlPWMsh
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) October 3, 2018
The Cubs will be having an end-of-year press conference later today, which will probably elucidate things slightly. Maddon is currently under contract through next season at $6 million. After 2019, though, he’d be a free agent again, so to speak.
I highly doubt an extension is announced, though, which means we may have an offseason (or longer) ahead of us wondering what the plan is for 2020 and beyond. Having a lame duck manager can create an uncomfortable situation for all sides, especially if the Cubs get off to a choppy start next year. You want to create an environment of continuity and comfort and security for the players, especially during the free agent recruitment season.
I’d feel best if the Cubs gave Maddon a short extension – even just an additional year, if he were open to it – so that this idea of “WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!?!?” could be taken off the table for at least another year. It just doesn’t feel like the time yet to have to make any kind of big decisions on Maddon.
We’ll see what the Cubs say later today.