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Joe Maddon | Catcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (60) / 2/8/1954
Bats / Throws: Right / Left

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Joe Maddon is seeking a contract in the five-year, $25 million range.
It's a perfectly reasonable request, as that would put him right on par with Mike Scioscia as the highest paid manager in the game. Most of the speculation has the Cubs as the most likely landing spot for Maddon, though we're obviously at the very beginning of the process and there will surely be many teams interested in the former Rays skipper. Oct 24 - 5:25 PM

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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 and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman have also listed the Cubs as a possible landing spot for the former Rays skipper. Rick Renteria is under contract with the Cubs through 2016, but Rosenthal notes that the club has the money to simply buy him out of his deal. President Theo Epstein interviewed Maddon for the Red Sox' manager job in 2003 before he decided on Terry Francona.
Oct 24 - 1:57 PM

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.

Wow. Maddon said just over a week ago that he "absolutely" wanted to remain the Rays' manager following the departure of Andrew Friedman, but he had a change of heart after extension talks with the club fell apart. The natural assumption was that he'd follow Friedman to the Dodgers, but CBS Sports' Jon Heyman and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal both say it's not going to happen. Maddon will obviously be a hot commodity for anyone considering a change at manager. Bench coach Dave Martinez is a likely option to succeed Maddon in Tampa.
Oct 24 - 12:28 PM

Rays president Matt Silverman said Wednesday that the team intends to engage manager Joe Maddon in extension talks soon.

"It's hard to imagine this club not being managed by Joe," Silverman said. "We want him here, Joe says he wants to be here, those are the ingredients for another deal. We've had several so far, and I'm hopeful that we're going to have another one." Silverman also said he would like to have an extension worked out before the season, but that it wasn't a necessity for Maddon to remain with the club beyond 2015. Maddon has also expressed an interest in working out an extension. Until one is done, though, the rumors about Maddon joining departed executive VP Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers likely won't go away entirely.
Oct 15 - 7:49 PM

Joe Maddon said Tuesday that he "absolutely" wants to remain Rays manager.

After it was announced that executive VP of baseball operations/general manager Andrew Friedman accepted a job with the Dodgers, many immediately speculated that Maddon would follow him to Los Angeles. However, the scenario appears unlikely right now. "I want to continue to be a Ray, absolutely," said Maddon. For what it's worth, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times hears that Friedman's plan as of right now is to stick with Don Mattingly as manager for 2015.
Oct 14 - 3:54 PM

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.

The official title will be president of baseball operations. Meanwhile, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti will remain with the organization as a senior advisor. Friedman passed up opportunities with the Angels and his hometown Astros just two offseasons ago, but the Dodgers were able to lure him to make the jump this time around. After continuously guiding the Rays to success despite one of the lowest payroll in the majors, it will be fascinating to see what he could accomplish with a huge budget in Los Angeles. As for the Rays, Matt Silverman is slated to take over baseball operations.
Oct 14 - 1:51 PM

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