Major League Baseball has announced that it will not discipline the Cubs in relation to the team’s hiring
of former Rays manager Joe Maddon. Tampa Bay had asked the league to look into whether Chicago had
tampered with Maddon prior to his departure from the club.
Maddon was at the helm of the Rays for 9 campaigns and had a year left on his contract heading into
the 2014-15 offseason. But when GM Andrew Friedman left for the Dodgers, a provision in his deal was
triggered which gave Maddon the opportunity to opt out of his own contract. Though only one big league
team had an open managerial spot at that time (the Twins, who were already well on their way to hiring
Paul Molitor), Maddon exercised the clause.
In short order, Tampa Bay asked the league to open an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Maddon’s
departure — specifically, whether he might have had communication with Chicago before deciding to opt out.
While a decision had been expected by Opening Day, the league took its time in making its determination.
“The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k),” the announcement ultimately