Joe Maddon prepared to sit out the 2015 season to find the right opportunity

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Manager Joe Maddon’s agent Alan Nero, appearing on 670 The Score in Chicago on Saturday morning, said that the former Rays skipper is prepared to sit out the entire 2015 season to look for the right managerial opportunity, as Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

Nero said, “Joe’s looking for a big challenge. He’s looking for an organization that’s committed to win. If those elements are together and the talent for them is quick, we’ll make it quick. If not, he’s prepared to take a year off.”

Maddon opted out of the final year of his contract with the Rays on Friday. Nero said nearly half of the 30 general managers around baseball got in touch to potentially bring Maddon aboard. The front offices of the Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies, Angels, and Mets have come out and publicly supported their current managers, squelching rampant rumors. The Twins have baseball’s only current managerial opening, but the Cubs are considered the frontrunners for Maddon’s services.