Maddon Opts Out | The Process Report

Maddon Opts Out

The team released the following statement:

“Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his current contract, a contract which was not scheduled to expire until after the 2015 season. We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision. As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout Major League Baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015. Joe has been our manager for nine seasons, and the foundation of success laid during his tenure endures. We thank him for all that he’s meant to the organization.”

Maddon leaves the Rays after nine seasons with a 754-705 record, four playoff appearances, and one American League pennant. It would seem that Maddon was not interested in being a lame duck manager in 2015 with the two parties unable to come to an extension so he exercised his contractual right to make himself a free agent at a time when there are few managerial openings in the league. Maddon provided Marc Topkin more details:

One would expect long time bench coach Dave Martinez would be at the top of the list to become the fifth manager in franchise history. Longtime Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo would also seem to be a candidate for the role, if not as the new bench coach should Martinez ascend to the lead job.

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