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Will the Rays lose Joe Maddon next?

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With the departure of Andrew Friedman also ends the longest tenured GM-Manager relationship in the game, but many are already claiming: Not so fast!

It's possible that the Rays could offer Maddon up as trade bait for the Dodgers, but all those hoping for a Puig trade should hold their breath.

Sarcasm aside, when the going rate for trading a manager is something like Mike Aviles, the Dodgers can do whatever they want. The Rays would also have two incumbents, should Maddon leave, in bench coach Davey Martinez who once upon a time was a frequent interviewer for manager openings, and Durham's longtime manager Charlie Montoyo.

So at the end of the day, Maddon's contract should not be a hindrance if he wants to leave when leaving would make sense. Let's hope he just like what he's built here in Tampa Bay enough to give that elusive World Series ring one more go.