Rob Manfred says Joe Maddon tampering investigation is ongoing


We heard back in November that MLB was officially investigating the Rays’ claim that the Cubs tampered before hiring Joe Maddon as manager. Months later, we’re still waiting for a resolution.

According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that the investigation is “ongoing.”

“Over would not be the appropriate word to describe,” Manfred responded. “There is an ongoing investigation. To the extent it’s concluded, one way or another, we’ll be transparent about that. We’ll let you know.”

When Andrew Friedman left for the Dodgers, Maddon used a clause in his contract to opt out of his deal and join the Cubs a week later. The Rays believe that he opted out of the deal with the knowledge that the Cubs wanted him. However, the Cubs insist that there is nothing to the tampering claim.

Rogers was told by a source that the investigation should be completed by the start of the season, but one rival executive expects nothing will come of the charges. The Cubs would presumably be fined or possibly lose a draft pick if evidence of tampering is found.

Dodgers place pitcher Noah Syndergaard on injured list with no timetable for return

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CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a blister on the index finger of his right throwing hand.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the timetable for Syndergaard’s return is unknown despite the 15-day designation.

“The physical, the mental, the emotional part, as he’s talked about, has taken a toll on him,” Roberts said. “So, the ability to get him away from this. He left today to go back to Los Angeles to kind of get back to normalcy.”

Syndergaard allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, raising his ERA to 7.16.

Syndergaard (1-4) has surrendered at least five runs in three straight starts.

Syndergaard has been trying to return to the player he was before Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the better part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Roberts said Syndergaard will need at least “a few weeks” to both heal and get away from baseball and “reset.”

“I think searching and not being comfortable with where he was at in the moment is certainly evident in performance,” Roberts said. “So hopefully this time away will provide more clarity on who he is right now as a pitcher.

“Trying to perform when you’re searching at this level is extremely difficult. I applaud him from not running from it, but it’s still very difficult. Hopefully it can be a tale of two stories, two halves when he does come back.”