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MLB investigating whether Cubs tampered in hiring of Joe Maddon
MLB investigating whether Cubs tampered in hiring of Joe Maddon

Major League Baseball will investigate whether the Chicago Cubs tampered with new Manager Joe Maddon while he was still under contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Cubs and Maddon's agent, Alan Nero, have denied the claim by the Rays, who believe Maddon opted out of his contract with the knowledge the Cubs were prepared to sign him to a lucrative long-term deal. Maddon wound up leaving the Rays for a five-year deal reportedly worth $25 million. Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer had no comment on the news, which was confirmed by the Tribune after originally being reported by the New York Post. Cubs President Theo Epstein, who denied the claim last week,...

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