As crazy as it sounds, the biggest free agent signing might be awarded to whichever team brings Joe Maddon into their dugout. He's highly accomplished and well-respected throughout the game, and has proven he can do a lot with very little...though we'd rather he have more in his next stop. I'm sure Maddon can thrive no matter the situation, but here are three managerial jobs he should avoid at all costs, especially given the prime opportunities available.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates
Maddon may be from Pennsylvania, but the Pittsburgh Pirates showed such an immense amount of dysfunction this year that he shouldn't even take their call. It starts from the top down, and even though the Pirates have some solid young pieces, there are so many other jobs available that he should consider over Pittsburgh. No Maddon 'til Nutting is gone.
2. San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres have a loaded farm system and some impressive young talent at the big league level, but they lost over 90 games once again this year. They should've shown signs of being more competitive, and they failed miserably. Are we sure the talent is as good as it seems? If you're Maddon, I'd look for a ballclub that's a little more in win-now mode.
1. New York Mets
Mickey Callaway is still the manager of the New York Mets, so maybe Joe Maddon doesn't even have to look that way. However, there's a still a chance that GM Brodie Van Wagenen hires "his guy," and why wouldn't he want Maddon? Of course, he's a pipe dream for the Mets with the Wilpons owning the team.Time and time again, there's a lot of drama and dysfunction with this franchise, no matter the talent level on their roster. Why would Maddon want to go there, especially when the team was starting to settle into a culture that worked, at the very least?