Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 2/14/12

The Tampa Bay Rays announced a three-year contract extension for manager Joe Maddon today that should keep him as Rays manager through the 2015 season.

Maddon is one of the best managers in baseball, and has completely transformed the Tampa Bay franchise since taking over in 2006. Before Maddon became the Rays' skipper, the highest win total in team history was 70. Maddon's lowest total over the last four seasons has been 84, en route to leading Tampa to three playoff bids, two AL East titles, and one AL pennant.

Generally thought of as one of the game's brightest minds, the 58 year-old Maddon was expected to be a hot commodity this offseason for teams in need of a new manager. With a variety of managers possibly on the hot seat in 2012, and a few managers whose deals are expiring after this year, the eccentric Maddon could have been a good fit for many of them. Instead, he'll continue to call Tampa Bay home as he looks to continue to guide the young Rays to success.

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