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Joe Maddon “very confident” he’ll sign extension with Rays

Dec 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon is entering the final season of his contract with the Rays, but the reigning Manager of the Year told reporters at the winter meetings that he’s “very confident” the two sides will be able to work out an extension.

Maddon revealed that they’ve already begun talking and said he’s “really not concerned about it” because “I’m sure it’s going to be all worked out in due time.”

He also said going into the season without a new deal in place wouldn’t bother him, but as Jim Riggleman and Ozzie Guillen would attest to generally speaking managers who don’t get extensions with one year remaining on their contracts eventually run into issues.

According to Cot’s Contracts he’ll be paid around $1.4 million for 2012 as part of a three-year deal inked in May of 2009, so Maddon should be in line for a sizable raise.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    They’ll know they have a deal in place with Madden when he happily exclaims, “That’s a hit!”

  2. raysfan1 - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Git ‘er done, Rays.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    I am confident Joe Maddon will be signing autographs at an upcoming Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins game. In about two weeks or so he will be back in the area. Kind of weird to have him do so at a hockey game but I guess he isn’t exactly available during baseball season.

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