FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are viewed as a "leading contender" to bring Joe Maddon aboard as their manager.
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and will leave the club immediately.
Rays president Matt Silverman said Wednesday that the team intends to engage manager Joe Maddon in extension talks soon.
Joe Maddon said Tuesday that he "absolutely" wants to remain Rays manager.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays executive VP of baseball operations/general manager Andrew Friedman has accepted a job with the Dodgers.