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Former Washington pitching coach Mike Maddux, center, was hired as the pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Less than a week after the search for a pitching coach got complicated by an onrush of established candidates available and new teams in need of a hire, the Cardinals have landed the next coach they intend to lead their pitching staff.

Former Washington Nationals coach Mike Maddux will be hired as the Cardinals' next pitching coach, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report, doing so on Twitter. The Post-Dispatch has confirmed the move, and a formal announcement from the team is expected as early as Thursday.

Internal candidate Bryan Eversgerd, who was pitching coach with Class AAA Memphis this past season, remains a leading candidate for the open bullpen coach position.

Maddux had not been a name connected to the Cardinals, and had not been pursued by the team in the past, especially as he piloted rival teams. Maddux has served as pitching coach for Texas and Milwaukee; he was the longtime pitching coach for the Brewers as they rose to challenge the Cardinals in the division. He also was the pitching coach for the Rangers when their pitching staff propelled them to the American League pennant and a 2011 meeting with the Cardinals in the World Series.

Maddux's work that season and his reputation as a pitching coach put him in the mix for some manager vacancies, including one with the Cubs.

Maddux spent the past two seasons in Washington, working with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and the Nats' pitching staff. His two-year contract was not renewed by the club after the team's loss in the National League division series to the Cubs.

Maddux is the older brother of Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux.

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