(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — The man who has helped lead the Rays from obscurity to contenders isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, the Tampa Bay Rays and manager Joe Maddon have agreed on a three-year extension. Maddon’s contract was set to expire following the 2012 season.
Maddon joined the organization in 2006, when the team was known as the Devil Rays. His first two seasons with the team were a struggle, as they went just 127-197. Since then, the team has been a force in the American League. In 2008 the Rays made it all the way to the World Series, and they have made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.
The Rays franchise went 518-775 before Maddon, but they have gone 495-477 since he took over.
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