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
Maddon was widely favored for the job and the Angels were said to be his first choice. The Angels also interviewed Padres hitting coach Johnny Washington, John Farrell, and Buck Showalter.
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.