MLB commissioner Rob Manfred previously said that the Joe Maddon tampering investigation would have a resolution before Opening Day, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune was told by an MLB spokesman today that they aren’t ready to make a ruling.
At issue is whether the Cubs and Maddon were in contact before he opted out of his contract with the Rays last October. The Rays believe that they were, but the Cubs have strongly denied the claim. MLB, who has been investigating the matter since November, says it is “it is continuing to gather facts” and expects a resolution soon.
If evidence of tampering is found, possible punishment of the Cubs could include player compensation, a fine, or a loss of a draft pick.