Speculation runs rampant in Philadelphia as to whether or not Phillies manager Gabe Kapler will be retained after the conclusion of the season on Sunday.  Part of the narrative beyond Kapler's status, is who might become available to be hired as manager.  One major name now appeared headed for managerial free agency.

Joe Maddon, who helped end the championship drought in Chicago, will no longer be manager after Sunday.  The announcement was made by President 
Theo Epstien and Maddon himself:

Epstein said that they "both agreed" that the time was right to make a change and that Epstein believes a "bidding war" will commence for his services. Will the Phillies be one of those teams bidding for Maddon's services? Bob Nightengale of USA Today indicates that the Phillies are among potential landing spots for Maddon:

The New York Post suggested that Maddon could be of interest to the Los Angeles Angels, who could part with Brad Ausmus to bring him aboard.  The San Francisco Giants are also in need of a manager.

A Hazelton, Pennsylvania native, Maddon has managed for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago Cubs after serving as bench coach under Philadelphia native Mike Scioscia.  Scioscia is also looking for his next managerial opportunity.  Maddon was at the helm of the Rays when the Phillies faced them in the 2008 World Series.

It sounds like Maddon has plenty of potential suitors.  Time will tell if the Phillies will be one of them.  We should know soon if the Phillies will have a managerial vacancy.  Stay tuned.

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