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Joe Maddon is no longer the Tampa Bay manager

Per Buster Olney, Joe Maddon is no longer the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays

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Pretty huge news today, as Joe Maddon has apparently exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is no longer the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays:

Maddon is considered one of the top managers in the game, and there was some speculation he might leave the team after 2015, given that Rays general manager Andrew Friedman left to join the Los Angeles Dodgers as their g.m. (for a reported 5 years, $35 million, a pretty hefty raise).

Had the Rangers not already hired Jeff Banister, Maddon would almost certainly be at the top of their list.  And even with Banister having been hired, at least one writer is wondering if they could switch horses already:

Conversely, the Dodgers could axe Don Mattingly and bring in Maddon, instead.

UPDATE -- Well, Sherman says nevermind, he forgot the Rangers already had a manager...

UPDATE -- Ken Rosenthal says that Maddon isn't going to Los Angeles:

UPDATE -- Maddon says there is nothing imminent on his side: