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Agent: Joe Maddon prepared to sit out season if need be

Free-agent manager Joe Maddon doesn't have many viable options if he wants to manage a ballclub in the 2015 season. Three teams (Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks) have already hired managers, and that really only leaves him with a few choices. The Minnesota Twins are the only club with an actual job opening, but that would be a downgrade from his previous...
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Joe Maddon opts out of Rays contract

Tampa Bay Rays manager, Joe Maddon, has opted out of his contract with the team. FFLockerRoom Sports: As of now there’s no indication on where he may end up but there is an awful lot of teams who’d love a guy like Maddon leading the way. The Cubs and Dodgers, while already having managers under contract, are the odds on favorites to land Maddon. Source: ESPN.com
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Joe Maddon a Cub? Poor Rick Renteria

Yesterday afternoon, news broke that Joe Maddon resigned as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. In no time at all, the Chicago Cubs were quickly connected to the new hot free agent manager. My guess on Joe Maddon: He eventually winds up with the Cubs. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 24, 2014 Within industry, #Cubs viewed as a leading contender for Maddon. Renteria signed through...
Via World Series Dreaming
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Who's the next Tampa Bay Rays manager?

Dave Martinez Current Rays bench coach, has interviewed for five other manager jobs, well-liked in clubhouse. Would maintain continuity. Gabe Kapler Former Rays player and part-time consultant, currently doing TV for Fox Sports. Bright, analytical, outside-the-box hire Rays are known for. Tim Bogar One-time Rays coach has minor- and (interim) major-league experience as a manager...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Hazelton, PA Native Joe Maddon Managing The Phillies? Don't Hold Your Breath

#454725128 / gettyimages.com When Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon opted out of his contract yesterday, fans from almost every team in baseball, including the Phillies, cried out for their team to hire Maddon as their manager. Maddon is generally regarded as one of the top managers in the game....
Via Philliedelphia
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

John Middleton equals big changes for the Phillies...or not

Now that Joe Maddon has left the Rays, the Phillies should give him a serious look
Via PhilsBaseball
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

As our own Pete Schwichtenberg reported Friday night, Joe Maddon has left the Tampa Bay Rays, and we now have a little more insight as to why. Maddon opted out of his contract for 2015, and it appears that he wants a long-term deal to begin as soon as possible. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported that Maddon wants a five-year, $25-million contract, an amount the Rays...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
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Twins Rumors: Twins expected to contact Joe Maddon about vacancy

Since the firing of manager Ron Gardenhire the Minnesota Twins have not been in any hurry to name their next manager.  Earlier it appeared the list was narrowed down to three with Paul Molitor and Doug Mientkiewicz both interviewing twice for the position, but since former Tampa Bay Rays manager, Joe Maddon opted out of his contract LaVelle E. Neal is reporting that the team...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Friday's Sports Briefs

BASEBALL ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Joe Maddon's highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. The Rays said Maddon exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season. The 60-year-old Maddon managed the Rays for nine seasons, compiling a 754-705 record. He led Tampa Bay to the playoffs four times, won two AL East titles and one World...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Maddon opts out of Tampa Bay

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Friday, Oct. 25.  Top Stories: Rays manager Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays and has left the team, Buster Olney...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

5 Reasons Why Joe Maddon Will Be The Cubs Manager

Joe Maddon has been the hot topic of discussion with the breaking news of him leaving the Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon has had some great success with Tampa Bay for quite a few years, making multiple postseasons and a World Series appearance in 2008 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. His decision to opt out of his contract is due to Tampa Bay’s general manager Andrew Friedman leaving. This...
Via Sports Mockery
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One way or another, Joe Maddon will resolve the Twins’ managerial situation

Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays today, setting off a frenzy in the baseball world. His GM just left, and for the first time in his career, Maddon has the opportunity to test the market. He opted out to advance his career, not to step away from the game. So where is Maddon off to? As many people pointed out today, there is only one team with an opening right now...
Via The Rhino and Compass
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

After creating masterpieces with Joe Maddon, uncertainty awaits Rays

Words will be spoken about moving forward and focusing on the future because they must be. The Tampa Bay Rays are larger than one person, of course. No man serves as a franchise's lone heart, and when he leaves, the whole structure doesn't shrivel and die. Yet Joe Maddon's choice to opt-out of his contract and become a free agent feels like a stiff blow. It's a stunning...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hire Joe Maddon?

Joe Maddon exercised his option to leave the Tampa Bay Rays today and is now a free agent manager looking for his next job. Almost immediately after the news came out, multiple reports from guys like Buster Olney, Ken Rosenthal and others linked the Cubs to being interested in Maddon. Cubs Twitter, as it does, went *******. But Cubs Twitter is not of like mind on this one. There...
Via Obstructed View
1 day ago  |  Discuss

3 Reasons Joe Maddon Wont Come to the Cubs

By now, you may have heard about Joe Maddon opting out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, thereby making him a manager free agent. You may have also heard that the Chicago Cubs are considered front runners for Maddon’s services. Joe Maddon certainly has what the Cubs look for in a manager: Experienced, good with young players, and has turned a franchise from bottom feeders...
Via Sports Mockery
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Maddon departure signifies end of era for Rays

The perennially futile Kansas City Royals are on the verge of possibly winning the World Series. And amidst a postseason that also included the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, it feels ironic and bittersweet that the end of an era is upon the one that started it all; the Tampa Bay Rays. Just over a week after the Rays lost Andrew Friedman,...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon to the Tigers? Don’t get your hopes up

Oh to be a sports talk show radio host on Friday afternoon… Phones at radio stations across the country were ringing off the hook on Friday after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract as Manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. If you live in a MLB market, chances are your talk show hosts were salivating at the idea of bringing Madden on board, and it was no different in Detroit. With the...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays P Chris Archer takes shot at Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon surprised many people when he opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. The decision was especially surprising because Maddon said two weeks ago after executive Andrew Friedman left for the Dodgers that he wanted to continue to be a Ray. There are no guarantees that Maddon will manage...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Rays players, fans react on Twitter to Joe Maddon's departure

Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays announced that Joe Maddon, the team's manager for the past nine seasons, had exercised an opt-out clause in his current contract. Maddon had one year left in his current deal and was expected by many to extend his time with Tampa Bay. Maddon's departure came as a shock to Tampa Bay Rays players and fans, as he had become a well-known and trusted...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Exploring Joe Maddon's options as a free agent

Joe Maddon has resigned as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, opting out of the remainder of his contract.  He had a clause in his deal that let him leave the Rays if the GM left (GM Andrew Friedman moved to the Dodgers last week). So where is he going to manage in 2015? The timing is interesting here, since three teams (Astros, Rangers, DBacks) have already hired new managers this...
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Photo gallery: The Rays through the Joe Maddon years

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Via Fox Sports Florida
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Friedman reiterates Don Mattingly 'will be our manager next season'

Earlier on Friday, the Rays announced manager Joe Maddon had opted out of his contract and is leaving the organization, effective immediately. As soon as that happened, there was speculation he would follow ex-Rays GM Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers. Friedman, now the president of baseball operations in Los Angeles, reiterated on Friday afternoon the team will retain Don Mattingly...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon Opts Out

Neil Mehta Staff Writer Long-time Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has opted out his contract. Maddon has been the Rays manager since 2006, and this is an extremely surprising move. Maddon is a 2-time AL manager of the year and had a very successful tenure with Tampa Bay. In 9 seasons under Maddon, the Rays had a .517 win percentage and made the playoffs 4 seasons. He biggest achievement...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Up next? Five possible replacements for Joe Maddon

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Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher upset with Joe Maddon's departure

It has been said that Joe Maddon is among the best managers to play for around Major League Baseball. His outgoing and comedic personality plays extremely well in the clubhouse and on the field. So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that players on the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t too thrilled by Maddon opting out of his contract and ending his nine-year tenure with the team...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss
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