Rays, Maddon Closing In On Extension

The Rays are closing in on a multiyear extension with manager Joe Maddon, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Maddon’s contract is set to expire after 2012, but both sides have expressed interest in working out a deal to keep the skipper in place beyond the coming season.

Maddon, the 2011 American League Manager of the Year, has managed the Rays to three playoff berths in the past four seasons, including an AL pennant in 2008. In six years under the 57-year-old Maddon, the Rays have a 495-477 record.

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