Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs have signed manager Craig Counsell to a record-breaking contract.
The Cubs announced on Sunday that they have signed Counsell to a five-year, $40 million contract.
The contract, which averages nearly $8 million per year, is the largest managerial contract in Major League Baseball.
The Cubs made the decision after firing former manager David Ross.
Counsell, who had stints with the Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers during his playing days, began his coaching career as Milwaukee’s manager in 2015 after retiring from the game in 2011.
Despite being a novice manager with no previous experience on a coaching staff, he took over a team that was one of the worst in the league. He led the Brewers to four straight postseason berths from 2018-2021, including a 92-70 record this season, good for first place in the National League Central. In nine seasons, Milwaukee has a 707-605 record.
Counsell, whose contract with Milwaukee expired at the end of the season, attracted interest from a number of teams, including the New York Mets and Cleveland Cavaliers. 토토사이트
But the Cubs ultimately landed the “biggest name in baseball. The Cubs finished second in the National League Central this season, and hiring the manager of their division rival is a big step forward for next season.
Counsell will be officially hired next week.
Cleveland, which had been in the running for Counsell’s job, named former All-Star catcher Steven Vogt as its next manager, while the Mets hired New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza.