The Detroit Tigers have built themselves quite a team here in Detroit. The 2013 roster may end up having the AL MVP, Cy Young and Rookie Of The Year. With all the money spent on a roster like the Detroit Tigers have, Dave Dombrowski and the Detroit Tigers might as well dream big when looking for a manager. Even if dreaming big means stealing a manager from another team. That is something the Dave Domborwski and Tigers may need to consider if they are to find the right guy and end their 30 year world series drought.
So if the Tigers were to dream big, they should go after a man who has won 2 manager of the year awards and American League pennant in toughest division in baseball over the last 8 years. The Tigers should go after Joe Maddon!
So Why Joe Maddon?
Joe Maddon is considered my most to be the best manager in the game today. Each year he has the low-budget Tampa Bay Rays in contention to win the toughest division is baseball. And he routinely does it with a low-payroll team.
So if Maddon can get that much out of the scrappy Rays, how much could he get out of a talented roster like the Tigers. With Fielder, Verlander and Cabrera locked up for a few more years the sky could literally be the limit.
In eight season Maddon has been able to win an American League pennant and win Manager of the year twice. By the way he did that with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Can The Tigers Get Joe Maddon?
If a team is willing to spend money they can pretty much get whatever they want. Joe Maddon signed a three-year extension with the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the 2012 season for $6 million a season. That is below market value for someone with his track record.
That contract is up in 2015.
So could the Tigers buy out Joe Maddon’s contract? Would he be willing to resign from the Rays and come manage a stacked Detroit Tigers roster?
It has been a love affair between Maddon, the Rays and their fans (the ones who show up that is) since he won the pennant in 2008. But this season the bloom may have started to come off the rose as the media blasted Joe Maddon for his use of the bullpen in the ALDS.
Joe Maddon has always said that it is not about the money. He is a competitive manager and if money isn’t his motivator maybe the chance to win a World Series is. He has taken the Rays as far as they can go. His best chance at a World Series title might be with the Detroit Tigers.