Would Cubs let Maddon talk to the Angels?

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David Kohl - USA Today Sports
David Kohl - USA Today Sports

This will certainly be an interesting and exciting offseason for the Chicago Cubs with so many question marks surrounding their roster and coaching staff.

The Cubs have officially been on the record with Theo Epstein that Joe Maddon will coach them in 2019 but there has been no contract extension talks by either side. It appears that he is a lame duck coach of sorts beyond next season.

However, if all goes very well on the North Side next season, that is when the Cubs would push for an extension.

The Boston Globe is reporting that "industry" insiders are thinking that there may be some interest in Maddon by the Anaheim Angels.

"Joe Maddon, manager, Cubs — Was Maddon ever really in jeopardy of not returning to the Cubs? A major league source close to Maddon said no," the Boston Globe said. But the telling part is that there’s no contract extension in the works or was ever discussed. What some in the industry are wondering is would the Cubs let him seek another job, say that of the Angels (you could you see owner Arte Moreno having interest in a big name)? Maddon spent many years with the Angels on Mike Scioscia’s staff. "

If I have to bet on Maddon's status with the Cubs past next season, I would say that it is more unlikely than likely with the current team success. All bets are off though if the Cubs can get back to a deep run in the playoffs next season.

Hopefully, Cubs fan will continue to embrace Maddon and he rewards them with another return trip to the World Series a year from now.

Maddon is a three-time manager of the year (2008, 2011, 2015).

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