Rays finalize three-year, $6 million contract extension with manager Joe Maddon

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UPDATE: It’s now official, with Topkin reporting that the three-year extension is worth approximately $6 million.

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Joe Maddon and the Rays have been working on a contract extension for much of the offseason and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that an official announcement is expected tomorrow.

According to Topkin the deal is for three seasons, which would keep Maddon with the Rays through 2015.

Maddon is the American League’s reigning Manager of the Year, also won the award in 2008, and has a 495-477 (.509) record since joining the Rays in 2006, including three playoff appearances in the past four seasons. Prior to his arrival Tampa Bay had never won more than 70 games in a season.

Report: Rangers’ deal with Seung-hwan Oh is off

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The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.

Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.

While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.