Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s $25-million, five-year contract got a little bit better with the World Series win.
Sources told FanRag Sports his salary escalated from $5 million to $6 million each of the last three years on the deal with the historic World Series win. That makes him the highest paid manager in the game (tied with Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia and San Francisco Giants skipper Bruce Bochy).
It’s hard to imagine a better start to a tenure than Maddon’s had with the Cubs. He took over a team that finished 73-89 and turned it into a 97-win team, although it helped that Kris Bryant and Addison Russell came along and Jake Arrieta had a Cy Young season.
Following the 2015 NLCS sweep to the New York Mets, Maddon and the Cubs bounced back to top the Dodgers in the 2016 NLCS to play in the World Series for the first time since 1945. Trailing 3-1 in the series, the Cubs came back to win the World Series, ending quite the historic drought.
He has 200 wins in two seasons with the Cubs, plus 15 more in the postseason.
He’s a three-time Manager of the Year, winning in 2015 with the Cubs and 2011 and 2008 in the American League with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays won 97 games in 2008 and won the American League pennant. Overall, Maddon won 90 games or more five times in his career in Tampa Bay.
Maddon replaced Rick Renteria with the Cubs, who managed just one season when a special out-clause in Maddon’s contract made him a free agent when Andrew Friedman left for the Dodgers. Renteria is now the manager of the White Sox.