Shocker! Joe Maddon to opt out of his contract and leave the Rays

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This report from Buster Olney is a total shocker. Like, for real. Mostly because Maddon is under contract with the Rays through 2015 and, unless I missed it, no one had reported that he had an opt-out provision at all.

UPDATE: Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has released a statement confirming the opt-out.

As soon as Andrew Friedman left the Rays GM job to take over the Dodgers, people speculated that he’d try to lure Joe Maddon. Maddon, however, immediately responded to the speculation by saying he was happy in Tampa Bay and had no intention of leaving. For his part, Friedman said that he is on the same page with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and intended to head into 2015 with him.

Will Maddon go to Los Angeles, or is he simply not interested in staying in Tampa Bay now that his former boss is gone?

Either way, remember when A-Rod opted out of his contract during the World Series and was called a selfish, classless attention-seeker? Why do I feel this move won’t be treated in quite the same way but, rather, a smart, trendy and ingenious decision?

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.