Major League Baseball is probing the Cubs for allegedly tampering in Maddon hire

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that Major League Baseball is investigating whether the Cubs tampered in their hire of Joe Maddon:

After receiving a request from the Rays to do so last week, MLB has unleashed its Department of Investigation to look into whether the Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon while he was still under contract to Tampa Bay, The Post has learned.

The idea alleged is that, when Maddon opted out of this deal with the Rays, he knew that the Cubs wanted him. The Cubs and Maddon have both denied that there was any tampering.

As we have seen, the Department of Investigations will stop at virtually nothing in order to get to the bottom of the matters they investigate, be it filing spurious lawsuits, purchasing stolen documents and eventually getting the right people to crack. I eagerly await them to do the same here. Because they’ll do that, right?

Short of that, I’d expect a few interviews and, possibly, a negotiated thing in which the Cubs send the Rays a draft pick or something.