Chicago Cubs: Plenty of opportunities out there for managers
Maddon wasn’t renewed in part because there was a disconnect somewhere, whether it was with the players or management, so having the same issues with a new manager seems redundant.
The Los Angeles Angels fired Brad Ausmus after just one year almost immediately after Maddon’s contract wasn’t renewed, so it is very possible that Maddon goes home to his original organization to manage. One team to keep an eye on for Girardi is the Mets. They fired Mickey Callaway Thursday and it would put Girardi back in the Big Apple.
Personally, there is a lot to like about Girardi. Toward the end of his tenure, he made more with less and never had a losing season. He took the Astros to Game 7 of the ALCS as his last game with the Yankees. He was 200 games over .500 as the Yanks’ head man.
The best fit for the Cubs is David Ross, and he may be the favorite. Girardi should not even be on the top five of Epstein’s list, if they are looking at this from a “fit” standpoint. Another manager that doesn’t see eye-to-eye with players or management just seems like a waste.