Joe Maddon insisted all along that he wasn't interested in managing any other team than Tampa Bay.
And apparently the Rays feel the same about Maddon. A person familiar with the deal said Tuesday that the Rays and Maddon had agreed on a three-year contract extension after the manager led the Rays to the playoffs three of the past four seasons.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team had not yet made an official announcement. The Rays have scheduled a news conference at Tropicana Field to make a ''special announcement'' on Wednesday.
The Rays are 495-477, have won two AL East titles and made the playoffs three times in six seasons under the 58-year-old Maddon. They made their only World Series appearance in 2008 and lost to the Texas Rangers in the divisional round the past two years.
Maddon had one year remaining on a three-year extension he signed in May 2009. The day after the Rays bowed out of the playoffs in...