Joe Maddon gets a five-year deal with the Cubs


The press conference officially introducing Joe Maddon as the next Cubs manager will go down at 3pm Eastern. You can watch it live here at

In the meantime, we learn of his deal: it’s for five years, the team has announced. The financial side was not disclosed, but it is expected that it’ll be in the $5 million a year range. That’s what Mike Scioscia makes, and the thinking is that Maddon was expecting to be and would be at or at least near that level.

In other news, the most elite, sought-after manager in baseball — the one that a team would cast aside their current manager in order to get — is worth about the same as a decent setup guy. Not an elite one, but a decent one. Probably worth remembering that the next time we go crazy over-analyzing managers and the moves they make.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.