4 Best Destinations for Joe Maddon When the Cubs Inevitably Let Him Go

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 07: Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon #70 in the dugout, during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 07, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
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You can all but guarantee that Joe Maddon is not going to be brought back as the manager of the Chicago Cubs, news that was only further confirmed by Ken Rosenthal's Friday report. It's crazy to think he won't be retained by the team he won a World Series for, but things happen, strategies congeal, and they are moving on.

However, you can bet that Maddon will be the most sought-after manager available. So, where should he go?

Here are the four best destinations for Joe Maddon when the Cubs inevitably let him waltz out the door.

4. New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 02:  Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs talks in the dugout before the game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 2, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Of the possible fits, the New York Mets job seems very unlikely, even if they part ways with Mickey Callaway. With Maddon's cache and history of winning, he'll cost a pretty penny, which the Wilpons probably don't want to pay. However, if there's a manager out there who can handle everything that comes with being in New York, Maddon is your guy. The Mets actually have talent. All they need is someone who can push the right buttons, which Maddon has proven he can do at a high level over the course of his career.

3. Philadelphia Phillies

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 28:  Manager Joe Maddon #70 outfield the Chicago Cubs watches from the dugout during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 28, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs v Arizona Diamondbacks | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

After two consecutive disappointing seasons, current Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler could be let go, and since ownership is willing to spend big money, why not pony up and bring Joe Maddon aboard? Maddon is from Pennsylvania and still does a lot of charity work there, so this seems like a perfect fit for him, and he'd become a legend if he wins a World Series in the City of Brotherly Love.

2. San Diego Padres

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs argues a call with home plate umpire D.J. Rayburn during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park September 11, 2019 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs v San Diego Padres | Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Right now, the San Diego Padres are the only open managerial vacancy in the game, which will certainly change over the coming days. But as far as teams that make sense for Maddon, the Padres might be at the top, with all their young talent that's on the rise. Sound like a familiar situation to the one Maddon inherited in Tampa Bay and Chicago?

1. Los Angeles Angels

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 13:  Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs walks to the dugout during the sixth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field on April 13, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Chicago Cubs | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Angels just hired Brad Ausmus last year after Mike Scioscia was let go, so on the surface, the job isn't up for grabs. However, it wouldn't be the first time a recently hired manager was let go for someone better (i.e. Rick Renteria being canned by the Cubs for Maddon). Oh, and Maddon spent 31 years in the Angels organization, so he'd be coming home and might actually make the Mike Trout-led Angels a winner. The clock is ticking for Angels GM Billy Eppler, so hiring a big fish like Maddon might be the only way he keeps his job.