Well, it's official, Joe Maddon is no longer the manager of the Chicago Cubs. The man who masterminded the team's improbable comeback from a 3-1 series deficit against the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series is now on the open market after he was fired. There are plenty of teams searching for a new manager, and these three teams should consider making a run at signing him.
3. Kansas City Royals
Ned Yost is calling it quits at the end of the 2019 season, and what a story it would be if the Royals went from one World Series-winning manager to another by signing Maddon. His time in Tampa Bay proves that he knows how to handle a team with a low payroll, and he could definitely help guide the Royals as they continue their rebuilding process.
2. New York Mets
The Mickey Callaway experiment has failed catastrophically for the Mets. In his two years as manager, he has posted a 162-161 record despite having an incredibly talented roster headlined by Jacob deGrom, who may very well be on his way to winning his second-straight NL Cy Young award. Give Joe Maddon this roster and he could actually mold them into the team that everyone expected them to be.
1. San Diego Padres
If the Padres signed Maddon, it could actually put them in a position to be truly competitive in the NL West for the first time in a while. The Padres have a young core headlined by Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack, and that's not even mentioning the fact that San Diego has one of the best farm systems in all of baseball. Maddon proved he has a good taste for the strategy of the NL, and if he's given a team like this, it could change the dynamic of the division.