Since Andrew Friedman left the Tampa Bay Rays to join the Los Angeles Dodgers front office, speculation has been that Rays manager Joe Maddon would follow him to the West Coast.

Maddon denied any changes, saying that he planned to stay in Tampa Bay and work on a contract extension beyond 2015. Friedman also laid any rumors to rest by saying that the Dodgers were committed to their manager, Don Mattingly.

Things may have changed a bit today with some breaking news that has made Maddon available according to Buster Olney of ESPN:

Maddon had one year left on his deal and was reportedly working on an extension to keep him with the Rays for the significant future. This sudden change of plans will once again lead to rumors of him managing in Los Angeles. Friedman was adamant that Mattingly would manage the Dodgers in 2015 and likely beyond, but that was before his former colleague was on the open market.

The 60-year-old Maddon is a two-time Manager of the Year and led the Rays to the World Series in 2008. He is 781-729 in his managerial career and is often considered one of the brighter minds in the dugout. His handling of the clubhouse and everyday duties has been praised by many, and has been backed up by his success.

Mattingly has two years left on his extension; however, managers are often relieved of their duties before their contract expires. He has led the Dodgers to consecutive National League West titles, but has failed in the postseason. Mattingly is often criticized for his in-game managing and handling of the bullpen.

The Dodgers may stick with Mattingly for next season, but the rumors will continue to swirl until Maddon finds another job.

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6 Responses

  1. Joe V

    We may get a clean slate after all?
    ~rubs hands together~ ~evil smirk~

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  2. Robert G. Clark

    For the sake of credibility, Friedman must stick with Mattingly. He cannot say that Mattingly will stay with the Dodgers and then pull him for Maddon. That will make everything he says somewhat doubtful.

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    • Donnie Bellville

      What did you expect him to say while Maddon was still in talks?!

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    • Louise Duke

      I don’t think it will affect Friedman’s credibility at all…changes in circumstances often change front-office plans. After all Friedman has to have the greater good in mind for the team and Mattingly has had his chance and if he stays nothing will change in 2015. We will still get “Donnie Baseball” which has proven not to work. The Dodgers didn’t win the west because of his management skills – they won in spite of it. They should have walked away with the west as well as the play-offs.

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    • Joe V

      “For the sake of credibility” <— huh?
      You do realize that this type of thing happens all the time, while negotiations are going on behind the scenes….

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  3. magikwyrkz4u

    If Friedman doesn’t make this move, it’s stupid on his part. We also then have probably wasted 35 million over 5 years. Of course, at this moment, he is laughing his way to the bank, while the owners have robbed the fans blind.

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