The Chicago Cubs nabbed their shark in manager Joe Maddon. After opting out of his deal with the Tampa Bay Rays the Cubs were the obvious candidate to land the skipper. Maddon helped turn around the then embarrassing Tampa Bay Devil Rays into a consistent playoff contender in the tough AL East (sound familiar Cubs fans?).
Now Maddon will be tasked with the impossible–Ending the 106-year title drought for the franchise. It’s going to take some time, but the Cubs are loaded with young talent and cap space. Two of Maddon’s former pitchers, James Shields and David Price, are free agents. Very interesting. With that being said the Cubs will have tough treading in a loaded division that sent at least two teams to the playoffs the past three seasons. But if you can turn the Rays into winners then the sky is the limit in Chicago.
Speaking of the Rays they are looking to file tampering charges against the Cubs in the aftermath of the Maddon signings. Something to keep an eye on—or the Rays just feel a little spurned. Either way, brighter days seem to be on the horizon in Wrigley.