The Chicago Cubs have not yet waded into the waters of free agency, now that a new CBA is in place, but they have made at least one move of significance: Extending Manager David Ross through the 2024 season, with a club option for 2025.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 11, 2022
Ross became the manager of the Cubs ahead of the shortened 2020 season, taking over for Joe Maddon, so 2021 was his first full year at the helm (and even that season was wonky, with no fans to start and a massive sell-off midseason). But as he was on just a three-year deal, 2022 was technically his last season under contract with the Cubs. Now, he’ll manage the team for the next three seasons, at least, with the possibility of more thereafter.
I like the move, personally, as Ross has always struck me as a strong manager with even more upside remaining. He’s respected, he’s stable, he’s got the right kind of playing experience, and he seems to work well enough with the media (by which I mean we tend to hear thoughtful answers and explanations for his decisions). And I’ll say, I also just like him. Sure he has his head-scratching moments – every manager does – but on the whole, I’m glad to see him sticking around. And I’m even more glad he’s not entering the season as a lame duck manager, wherein his incentives may not align with the long-term vision of the organization. We don’t have to worry about that anymore.