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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Joe Maddon won't be returning to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays announced Friday that Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season.
Owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement: "We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision. As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout major league baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015."