Jon Heyman broke the news first this morning:
Joe Maddon and #LAAngels are close to a deal to make him their next manager— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 16, 2019
And they we got news about what the deal would look like:
Joe Maddon deal with Angels likely to be for 3 years. In the 12-15 mil range.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) October 16, 2019
And then... the announcement seems imminent:
The Angels are preparing to announce they’ve hired Joe Maddon to a three-year deal to be their next manager, source confirms to The Athletic.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) October 16, 2019
Joe Maddon is the #Angels next manager. A three-year contract is in place.— Maria Torres (@maria_torres3) October 16, 2019
As many know, Maddon spent 30 years in the Angels organization and lives in Long Beach, so this is a bit of a homecoming for him.
One question that remains is that Maddon, who has had a lot of success over his career, probably did not want to come to the Angels just to be with the Angels. Here’s to hoping Billy Eppler let him in on a vision that involves drastically improving this team over the next 1-2 years.
Things are about to get more interesting - and perhaps lively around Anaheim.