And $1 million more per year for the final three years of his contract is what Maddon will receive for leading the franchise to its first championship since 1908.
The raise, first reported Thursday morning by FanRag Sports, pushes Maddon’s pay into a three-way tie for the most in MLB with the Angels‘ Mike Scioscia and the Giants‘ Bruce Bochy for tops among managers, according to several reports.
“Can’t be,” Maddon said when informed of that fact. “I didn’t know that. It’s very nice. That’s all good. But I’ve never even seen one of my paychecks.
“When this all came about, my first thought was, ‘The more you can make, the more you can give back.'”
Maddon said he was unaware of the escalator clause in the five-year, $25 million contract he signed to manage the Cubs before the 2015 season, much like he also said he was unaware of the opt-out clause he had with the Rays that allowed him to come to the Cubs.
“Everybody sees it now, but it takes at least 30-40 years to be an overnight success,” said Maddon, who began his coaching career in 1981 making, he said, $12,000 per year.