ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Joe Maddon is eager to get to work at spring training after agreeing to a three-year contract extension that could keep him in Tampa Bay’s dugout through 2015.
The Rays formally announced the deal with the 58-year-old manager during a news conference at Tropicana Field on Wednesday.
Maddon has led the team to the playoffs three of the past four seasons and believes they have an excellent chance of getting back again this year.
Maddon said while he’s flattered by speculation that he would have been attractive to other teams if the Rays had not locked him up long-term that he had no desire to leave Tampa Bay, which has a talented young roster capable of contending for championships for years to come.
Source: Associated Press