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Rays and Joe Maddon on verge of three-year extension

Jan 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Joe Maddon

For weeks now the Rays and Joe Maddon have reportedly been close to finalizing a multi-year contract extension and now Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the new deal will be for three seasons and figures to be announced within a few days.

As for why they haven’t agreed to the deal yet, Topkin notes that Maddon has been vacationing in Europe and doesn’t return until later this week, at which point the two sides will want to make things official before pitchers and catchers start showing up to spring training.

Maddon has a 495-477 (.509) record in six seasons as Rays manager, including four straight winning seasons and three playoff appearances in the past four years, two of which resulted in him winning Manager of the Year. There’s a strong case to be made for Maddon as the league’s best manager and, much like Andrew Friedman turning down other general manager offers to remain in Tampa Bay, his wanting to stick with the Rays’ long term is crucial to the team continuing to thrive with small payrolls.

  1. fiveaces20000 - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    He is definitely the best manager in baseball. If he ever left the Rays I would hope the cubs would go after him. I say this as a cubs and rays fan.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Three more years in the Tropicana Dump. Aaaaaaaaaaagagggggggghhhhhhhhhhh! Abbot and Costello spent less time stuck in that well.

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      ….Aaaaaaaaaaaggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!

      Edit function!
      Edit function!
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      • jimbo1949 - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        You must be having the time of your life.

        ps: Abbott wasn’t in the well.

      • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        Right, it was Horatio and Melody. Abbot was the asshole who restored the old house.

      • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        No, correction – I checked. Abbot was the asshole shrink visiting the estate.

        Okay, that did it – this was one of the defining films of my childhood and I haven’t watched it in Buddha knows how long. Time to order meself a copy and have another look.

  3. nategearhart - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Maddon looks just like my Group Dynamics professor in college. That guy was a smarmy wiseass, too :)

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      Next time, go cook your own spaghetti.

  4. kaf39 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Oh man

  5. bigharold - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Maddon gets the lion’s share of the credit because he’s the most visible of Rays management but I don’t think that he is nearly as responsible for the Rays success as Andrew Friedman. The starters that Friedman was able to get, nurture and bring to the big leagues is the reason the Ray’s have been a competitor in the AL East since 08. Maddon’s first two years the Rays were awful, losing 96 & 101 games.

    Friedman gets the talent and is responsible for holding on to the right players and getting them to the big league and accordingly he is the primary reason that the Rays have enjoyed their success for the last four years. Ask yourself if Omar Minaya is running the Rays for the last half dozen years are the Rays getting even a whiff of the playoffs with or without Maddon?

    He is a very good manager but even very good ones need talent. Otherwise they are good managers that have losing records. In fact there has only been one manager of the year, AL or NL, that has ever won with a losing record, .. Joe Girardi for the Marlins in 2006.

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