Originally posted on MLBFeed.us:
The regular season and postseason have ended, but the Hot Stove season is upon us. Here’s a top-25 list of free agents, plus a few more names to kick around in these days as teams begin to try to get better than the World Series-champion Giants.
Did not expect this high of a number. Interesting.
This is a really big deal. The division just got much harder.
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays with one season remaining and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that he’s agreed to a deal to become the Cubs’ new manager.
Chicago technically has a manager under contract in Rick Renteria, who was hired last offseason, but Maddon’s track record in Tampa Bay was apparently enough to convince president Theo Eptein and general manager Jed Hoyer to make a change.
No word yet on the money involved, but several reports had Maddon seeking a five-year, $25 million contract. An official announcement likely wouldn’t be made until after the World Series, as MLB frowns on that.
Maddon had a .517 winning percentage in nine seasons as Rays manager, including 90-plus wins in five of the last seven seasons and an overall winning percentage of .552 during that seven-year span. He leaves Tampa Bay following a disappointing 77-85 season and…
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