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Joe Maddon, Rick Renteria on opposite ends of MLB manager pay scale: report

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon watches before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. | Paul Sancya/Associated Press

After helping the Cubs win the World Series in 2016, manager Joe Maddon received a 20 percent salary increase — bumping his yearly earnings from $5 million to $6 million per season — for the final three years of his contract, which expires after the 2019 season. That pay increase made him the highest-paid manager in the majors last season.

One season later, Maddon remains at the top of the pay scale among major-league managers. A USA Today report, which ranked managers by their 2018 salaries, was released Monday and showed that Maddon and White Sox skipper Rick Renteria are on opposite ends of the wage spectrum.

Maddon’s $6 million salary, which ties him with the Angels’ Mike Scioscia and the Giants’ Bruce Bochy for the highest among managers this season, is five times more than Renteria will earn in 2018. According to the report, Renteria will take home $1.2 million this season.

Maddon, Scioscia and Bochy — all of whom have won World Series — are in a league of their own when it comes to their paychecks. They will make $2 million more this season than the $4 million the Indians’ Terry Francona and the Orioles’ Buck Showalter, who are tied for fourth, will make.

Other notable salaries in the report include the Brewers’ Craig Counsell, who’ll make $1.5 million, and the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts, who’ll make $1 million.

Former Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez, who was hired as the Nationals’ manager after last season, will earn $850,000. That’s the fourth-lowest salary among managers.

Full list of manager salaries via USA Today Sports:

1. Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels: $6 million

1. Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs, $6 million

1. Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants: $6 million

4. Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians: $4 million

4. Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles: $4 million

6. Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals: $3.7 million

7. Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates: $3 million

7. John Farrell, Boston Red Sox*: $3 million

9. Bob Melvin, Oakland A’s: $2.5 million

10. Don Mattingly, Miami Marlins: $2.4 million

11. Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals*: $1.9 million

12. John Gibbons, Toronto Blue Jays: $1.7 million

13. Ron Gardenhire, Detroit Tigers: $1.5 million

13. Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers: $1.5 million

13. Paul Molitor, Minnesota Twins: $1.5 million

13. Bud Black, Colorado Rockies: $1.5 million

17. Bryan Price, Cincinnati Reds*: $1.4 million

18. A.J. Hinch, Houston Astros: $1.2 million

18. Rick Renteria, Chicago White Sox: $1.2 million

20. Aaron Boone, New York Yankees: $1.15 million

21. Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay Rays: $1 million

21. Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers: $1 million

21. Andy Green, San Diego Padres: $1 million

24. Jeff Bannister, Texas Rangers: $950,000

25. Torey Lovullo, Arizona Diamondbacks: $900,000

26. Davey Martinez, Washington Nationals: $850,000

26. Mickey Callaway, New York Mets: $850,000

28. Gabe Kapler, Philadelphia Phillies: $803,000

29. Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox: $800,000

29. Scott Servais, Seattle Mariners: $800,000

29. Brian Snitker, Atlanta Braves: $800,000

32. Interim manager – Jim Riggleman, Cincinnati Reds: $700,000 (prorated)

32. Interim manager – Mike Shildt, St. Louis Cardinals: $700,00 (prorated)

* represents men who are no longer employed as managers but are still being paid this season.