Rays manager Joe Maddon has decided to opt out of his contract according to Buster Olney of ESPN. The Rays confirmed the news through their Twitter account. Maddon is leaving the Rays job immediately with no known destiantion at this time.
From the Rays official press release:
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—This morning, Tampa Bay Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg issued the following statement regarding Joe Maddon’s contract situation:
“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.”