Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Talks have started on Maddon’s contract extension, deal not close
Posted Dec 5, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Dec 5, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Rays manager Joe Maddon, sporting new-look brown hair, is not worried about his contract extension.
DALLAS Rays manager Joe Maddon said he and executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman have had talks about a contract extension but indicated one is not imminent.
“I’m really not concerned about that. I’m sure it’s all going to be worked out,” Maddon said this afternoon during his turn in front of the media during the first day of baseball’s annual Winter Meetings at the Hilton Anatole Dallas.
Maddon is signed through the end of the 2012 season. Friedman said earlier this offseason he expects to extend Maddon’s contract but said neither he nor Maddon are in a rush to finish the deal.
The Rays coaching staff was resigned last week to two year contracts. It’s unusual for coaches to have contracts that run longer than the manager, so that is an indication Maddon’s extension is in the works.
Maddon said he is “very confident” he will receive an extension, and said he would not be “uncomfortable at all” should he begin the season without one.
“We’ve been talking a little bit in general, but it’s all basic stuff,” Maddon said. “I am a Ray. I have a lot of faith in being a Ray as I continue along. I’ve talked about this, this for me is the best place to work in Major League Baseball. Of course everyone is looking for security. We all want security. But for me it’s about having an open conversation. We’d never would negotiate in public. It’s just an ongoing conversation right now. We’ll see when it plays out.”