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Joe Maddon to the Chicago Cubs as manager, per report

Jon Heyman tweets that Joe Maddon will be the new manager of the Chicago Cubs

Brian Blanco

Joe Maddon will be the new Chicago Cubs manager, according to Jon Heyman on Twitter:

Maddon opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays after unsuccessfully trying to negotiate an extension.  The Cubs are currently managed by Rick Renteria, who just completed his first season at the helm, and who was getting positive reviews.  However, it sounds like the possibility of hiring Maddon, considered one of the best managers in baseball, was enough to convince the Cubs to part ways with MaddonRenteria.

UPDATE -- Ken Rosenthal says there's no deal in place, "yet":