Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from any club. Tampa Bay announced Friday that Maddon had exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. The Rays had expected to have him in their dugout at least through 2015, when his contract was due expire. Maddon managed the Rays for nine seasons, compiling a 754-705 record. Tampa Bay made the playoffs four times, won two A.L. East titles and appeared in the 2008 World Series. Maddon’s contract contained a clause that allowed him to opt out under certain conditions, including executive vice president Andrew Friedman leaving the Rays. Friedman left for the Dodgers on Oct. 14. –Associated Press
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