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Joe Maddon opts to leave Tampa Bay Rays
Joe Maddon opts to leave Tampa Bay Rays

Manager Joe Maddon has decided to leave the Tampa Bay Rays, 10 days after his boss left to run the Dodgers. The Rays announced Friday that Maddon had exercised an option to walk away from the final year of his contract. In a statement, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said the team had "tried diligently and aggressively" to sign Maddon to a contract extension. Although Maddon now is a free agent, the only team with a managerial vacancy is the Minnesota Twins, although he would be an unlikely fit there. Maddon also could wait for an opening during or after the 2015 season. When Rays General Manager Andrew Friedman left to become the Dodgers' president of baseball operations,...

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