The six-plus month investigation into the tampering charges filed by the Rays against the Cubs for the hiring of Joe Maddon is over and MLB found the Cubs did not violate any rules.
Major League Baseball released the following statement: “Major League Baseball has concluded its tampering investigation regarding Joe Maddon’s departure from the Tampa Bay Rays and his subsequent hiring as manager of the Chicago Cubs. The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3 (k) on Tampering.”
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer maintained from day one the Cubs followed the rules and did not contact Joe Maddon until after the paperwork was filed with Major League Baseball.
The Cubs have been cleared of all tampering charges and will not have to send any compensation to the Rays for not following the rules in the hiring of Joe Maddon.
Joe Maddon exercised a change of control clause in his contract that was negotiated by his agent Alan Nero with Matt Silverman, the Rays’ President of Baseball Operations. Maddon attempted to work out a new long-term contract with the Rays before seeking employment outside the organization.
The Cubs and Rays have not addressed the decision handed down by Major League Baseball. Rays owner Stuart Sternberg was very upset when Joe Maddon decided to leave Tampa and take the Cubs job. It will be interesting to read his public comments on the matter.