Will the Rays be able to sign Joe Maddon to an extension amid Dodgers speculation?

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As soon as Andrew Friedman left the Rays for the Dodgers yesterday speculation started about Joe Maddon joining him in Los Angeles, but the manager tried to diffuse the situation by saying he “absolutely” wants to remain in Tampa Bay.

However, with just one season remaining on his contract Maddon reuniting with Friedman will be a popular topic unless/until the Rays are able to ink him to an extension. And that’s exactly what Friedman’s replacement, Matt Silverman, wants to do.

In shooting down the idea of the Dodgers trading for Maddon before his contract is up, Silverman told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:

Joe’s our manager. I see him here this year, and I see him here for many more years. It’s hard to imagine this club not being managed by Joe. We want him here, Joe says he wants to be here, those are the ingredients for another deal. We’ve had several so far, and I’m hopeful that we’re going to have another one.

Maddon is set to earn $2 million in what will be his 10th season as Rays manager, during which time he’s compiled a .517 winning percentage despite tiny payrolls and tough divisional competition. He seems to genuinely love Tampa Bay and obviously the Rays will do everything possibly to keep him, but what happens if Friedman and the Dodgers decide he’s worth, say, $5 million per season?

Jesus Luzardo beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pitcher Jesus Luzardo became the second player in two days to beat the Miami Marlins in salary arbitration and was awarded $2.45 million.

Miami had argued for $2.1 million during a hearing Thursday before a panel of John Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch.

AL batting champion Luis Arraez, an All-Star infielder acquired by the Marlins from Minnesota last month, was awarded a $6.1 million salary on Thursday rather than the team’s $5 million figure.

Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.

Luzardo made $715,000 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He can become a free agent after the 2026 season.

Players have won two of three decisions this year, with about 20 more scheduled for hearings.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first decision this year on Wednesday, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday.