Joe Maddon to the Dodgers? Rays manager “absolutely” wants to stay in Tampa Bay

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As soon as news broke that Andrew Friedman was leaving the Rays for the Dodgers speculation started about his luring manager Joe Maddon to join him in Los Angeles.

One issue: Maddon, unlike Friedman, actually has a contract with the Rays and is under team control for 2015.

It’s the final season of a three-year deal believed to be worth around $6 million, so if Maddon is going to join Friedman in Los Angeles it’ll either have to wait until 2016 or the Dodgers would have to convince the Rays to trade their manager.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Friedman’s “plan for now” is to keep Don Mattingly as manager, so the odds of a trade for Maddon seem slim. And what about once Maddon’s contract is up next offseason? Shaikin spoke to Maddon, who said:

I want to continue to be a Ray, absolutely. They have to want me to be a Ray too. I’m really embedded here pretty well. The roots are pretty strong. We have a great infrastructure here. We have a great operation. We have great people. There’s so much to like. There’s only one negative. That’s the ballpark. It’s a big negative. But that’s about it.

Mattingly may keep his job, but he’ll probably hear a lot about Maddon next season.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.