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?

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”