Joe Maddon is entering the final year of his three-year contract that will pay him $1.3-1.4 million in 2012. And the Rays and Maddon have started talking about an extension (via Marc Topkin of TampaBay.com)…
“We’ve been talking a little bit in general, it’s just basic stuff…I’m a Ray. I have a lot of faith in being a Ray as I continue along. I’ve talked about that this for me is the best place to work in major-league baseball. Of course, everybody is looking for security, we all want security…For me it’s just about having an open conversation. We never would negotiate in public, anything like that. It’s just about an ongoing conversation right now, and we’ll see how it all or when it plays out. But I’m not worried about anything.”
So, what kind of security is it going to take? Ozzie Guillen recently became one of the highest-paid managers in baseball when he signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Marlins. Of the current managers, that appears to trail only Mike Scioscia’s ten-year, $50 million deal.
Maddon probably isn’t going to make that much coin. But Joe Girardi’s three-year, $9 million deal is probably in the ballpark.
Not bad for a guy that was making just $550 thousand a year when the Rays first hired him.