The Rays finally completed the move that had been imminent most of the offseason, making their three year extension of Joe Maddon official. Maddon will receive $6 million over the life of the deal, a steal considering Maddon has gotten two Manager of the Year awards and guided the Rays to their first four winning seasons and first three playoff appearances.
It’s hard to believe, but the 2012 season will be Maddon’s seventh with the Rays. His first two seasons as Rays skipper were forgettable, continuing the losing streak, but when 2008 rolled around, we finally found his genius. Maddon is known for playing the stats and matchups, which can be frustrating at times and it can also help the Rays greatly. In addition to this, Maddon is also known as a player’s manager, which works well with the Rays clubhouse culture and their young team.
Rays News and Notes
- The Rays added two players to their list of non-roster invitees, signing Brad Coon and Jeff Salazar, both outfielders. Both are veterans and will fit in nicely in Durham. Coon has never reached the majors, but Salazar has spent parts of four seasons in the big leagues, most recently with the Pirates.
- ESPN’s SweetSpot published a good piece on Jose Molina and what he brings to the Rays. This piece built upon the Baseball Prospectus piece I talked about earlier this week.
- The Washington Times has a good piece on the Grapefruit League and how different it is from the regular season. If you have never been to a spring training game, you definitely need to make a point to go, as the intimacy and access to the players are unrivaled in any other sports.
- Finally, the Rays are doing more good in the community. The Rays have teamed up with Moffitt Cancer Center this spring to offer free skin cancer screenings at different spring training venues. This is the fifth spring they have done this bus tour and they have helped 2,400 people in the past.