Joe Maddon’s agent, Alan Nero, says no tampering by the Cubs in the hiring of his client

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times wrote Friday night that the Rays “are still considering filing tampering charges or a complaint” against the Cubs for their hasty hiring of manager Joe Maddon. The suspicion being that the Cubs front office contacted Maddon while he was still under contract with Tampa Bay and convinced him to exercise his opt-out.

But that’s going to be a difficult thing to prove and Maddon’s agent, Alan Nero, is already issuing public denials. He was on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio with Jim Bowden on Sunday morning …

Cubs president Theo Epstein has also denied that anything wrongful took place in the hiring.