If Joe Maddon and the Cubs part ways, Ken Rosenthal doesn't believe he would be available ‘very long'

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Theo Epstein has, of late, been mum on his conversations with Joe Maddon about Maddon’s future with the Cubs, but rumors are swirling that the manager’s days on the North Side are dwindling nonetheless.

Just yesterday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Angels might have interest in Maddon if he doesn’t return to Chicago -- even if that means moving on from Brad Ausmus just one year into his three-year contract with the team. In that same report, Rosenthal also mentioned the Phillies, Mets and Pirates as teams with uncertain managerial situations entering the offseason, while the Padres, Giants and Royals are already certain to be in the market for a new manager before the 2020 season.

Today, Rosenthal appeared on the ‘On the Mark’ podcast with Mark Carman of FanSided, where he expanded on his thoughts on Maddon as a potential free agent:

“I don’t expect very long,” Rosenthal said when asked how long he would expect Maddon to be on the market if the Cubs decide to move on. “But I’m not sure what teams are thinking these days, and no one seems to want to pay managers anymore. So if you’re going to get Joe Maddon, you’re not going to pay him what you’re paying, for instance, Rocco Baldelli, one of his former players in Minnesota.

“That for me is the question, but there’s enough volatility in that position in the industry where I’d expect he gets something.”

It’s no surprise that, if available, a manager as decorated as Maddon would have an abundance of potential suitors, but nothing is set in stone yet. As long as the Cubs’ season -- though mathematically over -- still endures, don’t expect Epstein or Maddon to offer too much candid insight into the timeline on a decision being made.

If the Cubs and Maddon were to part ways, though, it’s likely that Maddon will be aggressively sought after, given the overhaul the league appears to be ripe for.

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