One other issue: The Cubs currently have a manager in Rick Renteria, who was hired last offseason.
Maddon opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays last week. At the time, Maddon made it clear that he expects to be a manager next season, but even if that doesn’t pan out, he does not plan on taking a year off.
"I’d love to manage. If the right opportunity does not present itself, I would want to work," Maddon told Rosenthal last week. "But I would hope it would be a managing position. If not, there are other things I can do that would make me an even better manager when I get the opportunity again."
He became Rays manager in 2006 and helped lead a turnaround for what had been a moribund franchise. He finished his stint in Tampa with an overall .517 winning percentage (754-705), including leading two American League East division-title winners (2008, 2010) and managing the Rays to a 2008 AL pennant.
The Cubs were 73-89 this season, worst in the National League Central.