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Chicago Cubs Sign Joe Maddon as Manager

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The former Tampa Bay Rays manager makes his way to the north side of Chicago to inject life to the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs Sign Joe Maddon as Manager

Chicago Cubs fans may have something to cheer about for the first time in years. Cubs GM Theo Epstein and former Tampa Bay Rays coach Joe Maddon have agreed to a five-year deal that will bring the successful Tampa Bay manager to the north side of Chicago.

Joe Maddon is set to become the fifth manager in as many years for the Cubs. The Cubs organization is hoping that Maddon’s presence and success that he found in Tampa will translate to the shores of lake Michigan and bring the Cubs their first World Series victory in over 105 years.

During his tenure in Tampa Bay, Maddon compiled a record of 754-705 over nine seasons. The Rays made the postseason four times, won two AL East titles and the AL Pennant in 2008. Maddon has shown an unorthodox approach to managing his teams that has really resonated with players. His energy and enthusiasm seem like they will be a great fit with a young Cubs team that has some interesting pieces and talent.

The deal will keep Maddon with the Cubs until the end of the 2019 season. The contract terms are undisclosed by the Cubs, however it is noted Maddon's contract will provide other bonus amenities based on the team’s success. Perhaps most importantly for the Cubs, there is no opt-out clause in Maddon’s contract. Maddon has no intention on leaving Chicago until his mission is accomplished: bringing the Chicago Cubs their first title in over 105 years.

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