Rays Reward Maddon with Extension

By: AP
By: AP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Rays manager Joe Maddon is eager to get to work at spring training after agreeing to a three-year contract extension. The new deal, which was officially announced at a Wednesday news conference, runs through 2015.
The 58-year-old Maddon has led the team to the playoffs three of the past four seasons, and believes they have an excellent chance of getting back again this year.
Maddon says he's flattered by speculation that he would have been attractive to other teams if Tampa Bay hadn't locked him up long-term, but he had no desire to leave a talented young roster capable of contending for championships for years to come.

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