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Cubs, Joe Maddon Reportedly In Talks

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It could be happening.

What is Joe Maddon thinking? We might find out soon
What is Joe Maddon thinking? We might find out soon
Brian Blanco

Buried in this Sun-Times report from the World Series by Daryl Van Schouwen is this nugget on the possible future of Joe Maddon:

Major-league sources say the Cubs, who have been in discussions this week with free-agent manager Joe Maddon, could have an answer by Friday. Either they will land Maddon, finding the perfect manager for their multiyear rebuilding mission, or they will have swung and missed, leaving them with a mess on their hands with incumbent Rick Renteria.

Maddon’s Chicago-based agent, Alan Nero, told the Sun-Times over the weekend that he expected clarity this week.

Now, let me clarify something. I have been skeptical of some writing based on "major-league sources," and when I am skeptical, it's largely when it's along the lines of "major-league sources think so-and-so player would be a great fit on such-and-such team." The "major-league sources" noted in this article seem more specific than that.

I don't think I have to repeat any of the things I've already written about Joe Maddon; it seems clear that most of you are in agreement with me that if the Cubs can get him, they ought to, and thank Rick Renteria for his year of service. Further, they'd likely offer Renteria another job in the organization (considering they're paying him for 2015 and 2016 anyway); whether he takes it or not would depend on what that position was and whether Renteria thinks he wants to manage again.

Anyway, this is out there, so I thought I'd give you an opportunity to discuss this further. There's also some things in that Sun-Times link about Jake Peavy and whether he might come to the Cubs this offseason. You can have at that, too.