Major League Baseball concludes that there was no tampering in Joe Maddon’s hire

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They had top men on this one — Top. Men. — but after a several-months-long investigation, Major League Baseball just announced that the investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on Tampering.

Maddon, hired by the Cubs in November, had opted out of his contract with the Rays following the departure of general manager Andrew Friedman. The Rays had alleged that Maddon opted out knowing that the Cubs wanted him. The Cubs and Maddon both denied that there was any tampering.

Now it’s all over.